If you listen to leaders of the various gay organizations spout off about the opponents of gay marriage, you’d believe they all inhabit some kind of fever swamp called the right where everybody’s busy hating everyone everyday, including themselves. But, it seems that just as opponents of same-sex marriage are a diverse lot*, it seems the conservatives hold a multiplicity of views on gay marriage.
As Allahpundit observes, there is no official conservative position on gay marriage:
I was thinking this morning when I read that passage that, to my knowledge, there’s no clear “true conservative” position on, say, gay marriage at the moment. Opinions run the gamut from Palin, who still (I think) supports the Federal Marriage Amendment, to Rush Limbaugh, who supports civil unions but not marriage, to Glenn Beck, who takes the traditional libertarian pro-marriage stance of MYOB. It is indeed fiscal issues around which tea partiers coalesce, although there’s a little room for dissent even there — I think.
The energy on the right is in the Tea Party movement and they’re worked up about the burgeoning size of the federal government. As the Tea Party gains in prominence, expect to see social issues fall by the wayside and to see more people adopt the Glenn Beck attitude.
Oh, and, one more thing, if gay marriage were such a litmus test on the right, how could Sarah Palin (supporter of the FMA) demean herself to stand beside Beck at the “Restoring Honor” rally last month?
*including some really hateful people as well as some eminently persuadable people as well as people who think gay people are swell, but see marriage as the union of one man and one woman.