Since we can’t count on the heads of gay organizations, including those dedicated to promoting gay marriage, to consider the merits of the institution, we have to go elsewhere.Â It seems the conservative press of late has done a better job of discussing gay marriage than the gay press, even on college campuses.
This morning, a reader forwarded me a piece from the Stanford Review, that university’s conservative paper where a gay conservative student, Yishai Kabaker, make a good “nutshell” case for gay marriage, writing, “the desire for gay marriage is not merely a fight for the legal and social benefits, but also a desire for the serious commitments that marriage entails.”
I would daresay that the average gay couple getting married in the Golden State understand what marriage entails and are ready to make those commitments when they take their vows.Â At least those married gay couples I know do “get” the obligations the institution entails.
Kabaker also recognizes the significance of the gay marriage debate in our culture, pointing out quite accurately that it “is a relatively recent phenomenon,” reflecting “a shift in the LGBT community away from sexual revolution toward the American mainstream.”
His essay is short, so is easy to read, and merits your attention.Â It is interesting that a college student can better summarize the case for gay marriage than can those who do so professionally.Â Just as this debate is a sign of a shift in gay culture, that a conservative student paper would publish this piece is a sign of changes on the right, a greater welcoming of gay individuals and a consideration of ideas of concern to us.