With the notable exception of such folk like Jonathan Rauch and David Blankenhorn, most advocates and opponents of gay marriage would rather level accusations against their opponents on this issue than actually engage their arguments (see, e.g., Judge Walker’s opinion in Perry v. Schwarzenegger)
The advocates tell us that the opponents are meanies who just plain hate gay people while the opponents (like some bozos running for Senate in Arizona), in the highest of dudgeon, warn that state recognition of gay marriage will lead to parade of horribles, including interspecies marriage. And while the opponents of same-sex marriage warn that state recognition of same-sex marriage will damage the institution, they do little to undo long-enacted laws that has already harmed marriage far more than gay marriage ever could.
Last month, I wrote about the last state to hold out on passing one of those laws:
New York [is] set to become the “last state” to “adopt no-fault divorce”. Now, I’m sure some social conservatives are opposing such legislation. Those who don’t while continuing to oppose state recognition of same-sex marriage, are just plain not sincere about their support for the institution and the ideals which undergird it.
Well, ya’ gotta give credit where it’s due. One such social conservative, Mike McManus, President of Marriage Savers, penned a column “urging Gov. Paterson to veto” the bill.” Kudos to Mr. McManus.
Now, let’s hope Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of “Freedom to Marry”, and other leading advocates of gay marriage show they’re serious about the institution they wish to open to gay people by joining McManus in pushing Governor Paterson to veto this anti-marriage legislation.