I’m blogging tonight from my brother’s home just outside Cleveland as I prepare for my presentation tomorrow at my oldest nephew’s high school. As president of his school’s conservative club, that bright young man has (together with the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance) invited me to offer a conservative view of gay rights. In line with my recent post on Log Cabin’s joining the left-wing gay groups in pushing for the abstraction of equality, I will hold that this conservative view focuses on freedom. On the marriage issue, I will favor an approach that promotes gradual social change, holding (as I have argued in my posts on gay marriage) that advocates of gay marriage need to make their case to the American people by talking about marriage in the same terms straight people do rather than by appealing to judges by using legal concepts. I plan on citing Jonathan Rauch’s chapter, “What Marriage is For” from his book, Gay Marriage : Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America while mentioning some of the arguments Dale Carpenter has made in his various pieces on marriage (e.g., the one I link here).
When I speak, I tend to speak from notes rather than reading a prepared text — so as better to engage my audience and respond to them. I will not be able to merely post my remarks. But, then again, I might use my notes as the basis for a post.
I do hope to blog while I’m on my journey, maybe even later tonight. But, right now, as I prepare for tomorrow, I’m still trying to come down to earth after meeting my youngest nephew for the first time. As soon as he looked up at me, his face lit up in a big smile, perhaps the highest praise I have yet received since his big sister called me a “silly.”