Marriage Equality is a Conservative Cause

Jon Huntsman writes at The American Conservative about why Marriage Equality is actually a conservative cause:

If conservatives come to the table with solutions that put our communities first, it will go a long way toward winning elections.

But it’s difficult to get people even to consider your reform ideas if they think, with good reason, you don’t like or respect them. Building a winning coalition to tackle the looming fiscal and trust deficits will be impossible if we continue to alienate broad segments of the population. We must be happy warriors who refuse to tolerate those who want Hispanic votes but not Hispanic neighbors. We should applaud states that lead on reforming drug policy. And, consistent with the Republican Party’s origins, we must demand equality under the law for all Americans.

While serving as governor of Utah, I pushed for civil unions and expanded reciprocal benefits for gay citizens. I did so not because of political pressure—indeed, at the time 70 percent of Utahns were opposed—but because as governor my role was to work for everybody, even those who didn’t have access to a powerful lobby. Civil unions, I believed, were a practical step that would bring all citizens more fully into the fabric of a state they already were—and always had been—a part of. 

That was four years ago. Today we have an opportunity to do more: conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry. I’ve been married for 29 years. My marriage has been the greatest joy of my life. There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love.

All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall. This does not mean that any religious group would be forced by the state to recognize relationships that run counter to their conscience. Civil equality is compatible with, and indeed promotes, freedom of conscience.

Marriage is not an issue that people rationalize through the abstract lens of the law; rather it is something understood emotionally through one’s own experience with family, neighbors, and friends. The party of Lincoln should stand with our best tradition of equality and support full civil marriage for all Americans.


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  • PlanetOrphan

    Bloody well said M8!

  • Consequences of same sex marraige to mine = 0. Consequences of same sex marraige for unmarried heterosexual people = 0.

    Can’t see a problem.

    • Exactly…consequences to Andrei and Lucia’s requirement to look in askance and comment about other peoples sex life = 9999999x lots of upset

      • Look at the downvote hate. Even Michael’s ‘live and let live’ comment took it in the snotter. I guess you’ve wound’em up quite tight by now.

        • Uptight prudes who have probably never had one run up the chocker

          • Random66

            … and you have?

  • Why don’t Andrei and Loony come out all already and fess up to boning themselves silly….?

  • Blah, blah, blah, blah, say people who have no idea what conservatism is.

    Wannabes, that’s what they are.

    • I think jon Huntsman as governor of Utah is very well versed in conservatism…just not your inhibited uptight po-faced finger wagging type of conservatism

      • What, you mean like David Cameron and John Key, who both also think you can be both conservative and support the redefinition of marriage?

        I look forward to the next argument whereby these same people try to convince pro-lifers that they be pro-choice. Some things are just incompatible.

      • BR

        Huntsman is no conservative. He is a RINO.

    • unsol

      Blah blah blah says the person who has no idea what genuine faith, love & morality is (judging by the quote I gave Andrei, Catholicism clearly precludes such things)

      • I didn’t know you could read hearts, unsol.

        • A heart is a muscle, it has no other function other than to pump blood through the body…

          • Read the end of the 2nd chapter of John.

          • Gayguy

            Given you misrepresent and lie about the meaning of Christs word, you are the last person to tell anyone they should read parts of the Bible.

        • Gayguy

          Yours is plain to see.

  • Andrei

    Well is it any wonder that homosexuality is so popular these days given that this is the flower of New Zealand womenhood.

    • Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it Andrei

    • unsol

      Hmmm, yes Andrei we agree for a change….well in part:

      “Pope Benedict XVI resigned after an internal investigation informed him about a web of blackmail, corruption and gay sex in the Vatican”

      Seems that when the Catholics men are not buggering little boys they are buggering each other……not to mention the dishonesty, lies & morally repugnant lives that are clearly anything but representative of the Biblical standard they claim to meet.

  • cows4me

    More horseshit form some soft cocked appeaser. A marriage , one man one woman. A civil union, whatever you fucken like. It has to be marriage though it’s the holy grail.

    • Andrei

      Get with the program C4M there are more genders than just man or women, there is a whole alphabet soup of genders LGBTQI…………… and all sorts of combinations that can arise, there are women with dicks and men with vaginas and breasts, if they haven’t cut them off, the Bs who will fuck anything of any gender and so forth

      My favourite is the man who gave birth and then had a whine he was discriminated against at the group where mothers (and fathers who have given birth) got together to discuss their breast feeding problems – apparently he was the only one there who was having difficulties because he had cut his tits off and the mothers weren’t that interested or helpful in helping him find ways to feed his new born or something

    • Gayguy

      Still filled with hate I see.

  • Blair Mulholland

    You lost me at “Jon Huntsman”…

  • BR

    Today it’s the homos, tomorrow the kiddy fiddlers.