Argentinians on Gay Marriage: 60 Percent Oppose
An Argentine professor tells me the celebrated gay nuptials in Argentina were totally illegal — more like Mayor Gavin Newsom’s blunder than the Goodridge court decision. And she points out a new poll shows 60 percent of Argentinians oppose gay marriage.
The D.C. City Council passed a gay-marriage bill again today, once again without responding to Archbishop Wuerl’s religious-liberty concerns. It looks like Catholic Charities may be unable to partner with the D.C. government if that government insists ...
Is Gay Marriage Inevitable?
Ben Smith, over at Politico, reports that gay marriage is still inevitable, in spite of the lopsided loss in New York and in Maine. He even quotes the indispensable, indisputable anonymous Republican political consultant to that effect (Steven Schmidt, perhaps?).
Steven Goldstein Channels His Inner Pat Robertson
How many times have you heard some prominent social conservative threaten that Christian voters would just stay home if Republicans didn’t vote our way?
It’s a sign of political failure and stupidity, in my view.
So I was ...
If you left the gay-marriage debate up to regular Americans — gay or straight — it would look very different. Americans are remarkably kind in real life, by and large. People try to treat each other well and they work hard to ...
I'm Catholic First, American Second
It sounds like there is a lot of evidence that Major Hasan had Islamicist-extremist tendencies. But these words are not good evidence.
There is a reason the Pledge of Allegiance asks us to pledge to our country ”under God.” The ...
Stephen Hayford, a reader and a friend, proposes a new term: “The Dede Effect”:
FYI, our best bet up here is that SSM may come to a vote Tuesday, but will not pass.
I am encouraged by the NYT story ...
Over at Politico, Matthew Gagnon is saying that blame for the Maine loss lies in Obama and company’s failure to get out the vote.
There’s only one problem with this analysis. Voter turnout was huge: 60 percent, according to ...
The Maine Meaning of Marriage
My syndicated column on the meaning of Maine here. Key points:
They spent three years building an organization to push gay marriage in Maine. . . . They were awash in money, out-fundraising pro-marriage advocates by more than 50 percent. (Full disclosure: The National ...
With 76 percent of the vote in, gay marriage is losing 52 percent Yes (veto SSM) to 48 percent No (keep gay marriage). California redux?
Yes vote pulls ahead by half a nostril in Maine, with 28 percent reporting.
On New Jersey, many are noting that Christie’s win makes him the first GOP governor since Christine Todd Whitman. Notice something else? Christie (unlike Christy) is ...
Did Gay Marriage Hurt Scozzafava in NY-23?
NY-23. Does it mean nothing? Does it mean anything? Is the district more Republican than conservative? More libertarian than anything else?
I dunno. So I did a poll. Politico’s Ben Smith just reported it under the headline, “NOM poll: ...
George Will: 'Disclosure as Liberal Coercion'
From George Will’s October 31 column, “Disclosure as Liberal Coercion,” following up (and quoting from) John Fund’s WSJ shot:
On Tuesday, Washington residents will vote in a referendum that has national significance because of a controversy about disclosing the ...
David Brooks and Character
Having psychologized every other aspect of morality, there is no good reason why we shouldn’t also psychologize the idea of character.
But the core problem with David Brooks’s analysis is this: In the Victorian sense, character was not ...
One Question for Ted Olson
On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle asked Ted Olson three questions:
Q: How did a conservative Republican like you come to support gay rights?
A: I don’t remember any (one) point at which I came to the conclusion that ...
The Outrageous Order of Judge Vaughn Walker
Judge Vaughn Walker, after ordering a trial which neither party requested, is now ordering only one side — the pro-marriage forces, to turn over confidential campaign communications.
This is outrageous. Prop 8 was not passed by the five or six men who ...
Pushback on Dede Scozzafava on N.Y.-23
The attempt by GOP party bosses to thrust Dede Scozzafava (a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-tax candidate) onto N.Y.-23 voters is generating remarkable pushback: The Club for Growth is leading the charge for Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman, along ...
'The Evolution of Divorce'
Brad Wilcox has a new essay in the spanking-new journal, National Affairs, entitled “The Evolution of Divorce.” Divorce rates have plunged for the college educated as rates of marital happiness have stabilized. Meanwhile, for the rest of America, marital unhappiness ...
Five Predictions about Gay Marriage
I don’t like games of “gotcha.” Which is why when Steve Chapman asked me to make predictions for his newspaper column about how gay marriage will affect marriage in various states, I “politely declined,” as he noted in his ...
Marriage and Your Aging Brain
New study. Key finding: “The most consistent predictors of faster declines in cognitive functioning were being old and being single,” the researchers wrote.
Socioeconomic status was linked to cognition, but only at the first test.
Stop doing those crossword puzzles. ...
The best evidence for the bias of Hollywood is the absence of films that encourage and reward patriotism. I don’t mind the presence of lefty anti-war films. They just make me mad because they remind me of the huge, ...
Poll: Americans Continue to Oppose SSM
Even WaPo notices:
On the heels of a decision by California’s Supreme Court to uphold a ban on gay marriage in the Golden State comes polling data from USA Today/Gallup that contradicts the conventional wisdom that a majority ...
Redefining Religious Liberty
Prop 8 won yesterday. Even in California, they could find only one supreme-court justice willing to strip 7 million people of their core civil right to amend the state constitution, guaranteed by the constitution itself. Why do I feel, absurdly, that I ...
Six to one. Even in California there is only one justice willing to strip 7 million voters of their core civil right, expressly guaranteed, to amend their own constitution. I should be grateful, right?
Jonathan Rauch Explains. . .
Why he wrote his book on gay marriage: “Well, Maggie wasn’t going to do it.”
Totally Unexpected: Gay Marriage Loses in NH
New Hampshire is one of the state legislatures that Tim Gill money helped flip for the Democrats. They expected to pass a gay-marriage bill there today. But something totally unexpected just happened. Don’t take my word for it — this ...
If Hispanics Hold a Mass Rally Against Gay Marriage . . .
. . . and nobody reports it, did it happen? Does it matter?
The New York Times reports that “Gay Marriage Slow to Draw an Opposition” just three days after a mass rally of (I’m told) 20,000 people — Hispanics lead by Hispanic pastors — ...
Carrie Prejean and Donald Trump
I’ll be issuing a statement and I just finished my column on the press conference. . . but, in the meantime, a side observation: Did you catch the reporter who asked Carrie something like: ”Did all the outrage and hurt expressed ...
The Amazing Power of Gay Marriage
A Dow Jones columnist says gay marriage can turn around the economy and reduce the need for government aid!
How the Dems Won in New Hampshire
How did gay-marriage advocates persuade New Hampshire Dems in the state senate to narrowly support gay marriage? They got the national Democratic party to threaten state senators with retaliation if they didn’t toe the line, such as primary opponents, ...
In Praise of Mary Ann Glendon
I’m sure Mary Ann’s reputation will survive the kind of penetrating analysis offered by Danielle Crittenden: “Engagement with one’s opponents and the passionate debate of ideas should be at the very core of every college education. Notre ...
SSM and the Strategic Moment
This morning I reflected on the debate between Lisa and me. Not that I want to make a big deal of it — I respect Lisa and I know there are other folks who are thinking as she does and who ...
Does Gay Marriage Have Consequences?
Two letters to Connecticut legislators, just posted on Mirror of Justice by legal scholars (including Prof. Doug Laycock, who supports same-sex marriage) affirm that gay marriage, if not accompanied by substantial religious-liberty protection, really will have consequences.
Are Stephen Colbert ...
Re: Rudy Guiliani and the Strategic Moment
Okay, if Lisa doesn’t buy me, and/or Rudy either, maybe she’ll believe: the Daily News?
“Gov. Paterson’s impassioned bid to legalize gay marriage in New York seems doomed in the state Senate.”
I’m not claiming ...
Frank Rich attacks Robby George and me and anyone who opposes gay marriage as bigots (see “The Bigots’ Last Hurrah”). Note the main message Frank is pushing here: In an America where, in the latest CBS news poll, just 33 percent ...
On the marriage issue: Is despair an option? I hash it out with Crunchy Con guru Rod Dreher in the Dallas Morning News. (Note: Yes, I know that Andrew has posted on this. I haven’t had time to read ...
Last week, the Iowa supreme court found a constitutional right to gay marriage, rejecting the arguments for marriage accepted by the state supreme courts of New York, Maryland, and Washington.
Thus did the Iowa court, as my colleague at the ...
Should NY Discriminate against Sex-Abuse Victims?
My column this week, up at Townhall about a proposed NY law that would lift the statute of limitation for civil lawsuits for sex-abuse victims for one year for religious and other nonprofits — but not for public schools:
Why are ...
The Amazing Power of The Culture (Part 10)
Between 1960 and 1980, cultural elites (those with cultural power, the power to name reality) increasingly defined marriage as the problem and family fragmentation as the solution. But between about 1980 and 2000, elite opinion on marriage did something remarkable: It changed.
In 1990, if ...
The Amazing Power of The Culture (Part 8)
Let me pause to re-iterate this point:
Women are people who, when we have sex, sometimes create new life. This truth deeply colors relations between men and women — even men and women who never have children together, indeed, men and ...
The Amazing Power of The Culture (Part 6)
What will happen to marriage once the government and the law insist that same-sex unions ARE marriage, “whether you like it or not”?
First, this set of ideas about marriage will necessarily be privatized: that male and female point to ...
That’s no lady, that’s. . . .
Er, this story about Sarah Gronert (who certainly didn’t choose to be born gender-amibiguous) crossed my desk the same day as did this handy “Gender Designation Change form,” available at your local DMV ...
Catholic Bishops Revealed!
The Bay Area Reporter gets a SCOOP!: “Catholic Bishops Revealed as Key in Marriage Battle”
I particularly enjoyed the references to that “obscure” Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus, and other Catholics who “follow discredited leaders,” according to the Human ...
The Amazing Power of The Culture (Part 3)
As I said, the law creating unilateral divorce changed not only individuals’ incentives before the law, it privatized the older concept of marriage as a permanent vow — indissoluable in the Catholic tradition (which was never the law in this country) ...
The Amazing Power of Culture
This is not a response to Deroy’s last post, wherein he repeats his views that denouncing an adulterous business’s website, which he himself is unwilling to put out of business, is the ultimate measure of seriousness about marriage. ...
Re: Reconciliable Differences?
The transcript of the Brookings panel is now up, which allows me to post David Blankenhorn’s position:
And so, you know, I take second place to no one in my passionate, personal opposition to gay marriage. A lot of ...
I have one last thought on the exchange between me and Deroy Murdock.
Deroy Murdock says to me: He can be against adultery without embracing a tort of adultery. Fair enough. I still think it would be quite possible to ...
Here’s my question: What makes Bonnie Erbe think Bristol wasn’t using birth control? Bristol said on national television that she doesn’t have any objections to birth control.
More than half of unintended pregnancies occur among women using ...
Eugene Volokh encourages some discussion of my tort of adultery idea at the Volokh Conspiracy.
A few quick thoughts:
Prof. Lloyd Cohen, a family-law specialist at George Mason Law, points out the version I posted is more like a update ...
Separating Marriage and State?
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse vivisects the notion that getting the government out of the marriage business represents some kind of solution:
. . . .Now we can see what “getting the state out of marriage” likely means in actual practice. It means eliminating ...
My latest syndicated column, a reflection on the Tiger scandals, is called “Sex Makes People Stupid.”
Sex makes people stupid. This is why we need a little thing called “civilization” to intervene between people and sexual passion, so ...
Re: Is Gay Marriage Inevitable?
New York Magazine joins the debate and reframes the argument as: “Will gay marriage win?”
That’s a more intelligent way of thinking about it.
N.Y. Senate Rejects Gay Marriage 38–24
By an unexpectedly lopsided margin, the New York Senate voted thumbs down to gay marriage in New York, 38 no to 24 yes. Every Republican senator voted against it, as did one-quarter of Democrats.
This is a huge victory. As Brian Brown, ...
I have released two statements on Carrie to the press, none of which has received much coverage. I will be filing a column later today.
Statement One, made at the request of Team Carrie on the day of her book ...
I was struck by the claim in today’s New York Times that Maine is a poor state and therefore requires the federal government to rescue it from its health-insurance woes.
I checked. Maine’s median household income was just ...
Owens's New Record: Breaking 4 Campaign Promises in First Hour
The Governeur Times (named incidentally for Rick Brookhiser’s favorite founding father) up in NY-23 notes that in his first hour in office Bill Owens managed to break four campaign promises. Even for a politician, that’s a record.
Despair is a spiritual weapon, and it is the gay-marriage movement’s single most powerful weapon.
I understand that, and therefore I understand why gay-marriage advocates use it so often. But why do we pro-marriage conservatives use it on ourselves ...
One of the promises the pro-abortion crowd made in the late ’60s and early ’70s was that abortion would reduce illegitimacy, would reduce the number of “unwanted” children. Instead, of course, illegitimacy continued to rise dramatically after abortion was legalized. (...
Frank Schubert, the campaign manager for Yes on One in Maine just claimed victory. (No on One campaign manager has not yet conceded).
With 86 percent of the vote in, the repeal has 52.75 percent of the vote.
The People have exercized ...
Brian Brown, NOM’s executive director, is tweeting great optimism up in the Maine war room.
Does GDP Trump Gay Marriage?
Joe Scarborough takes this moment to post on the meaning of the elections under the headline “Election Night Preview: GDP Trumps Gay Marriage.”
So I go on record: Does economic collapse trump gay marriage? Yes. Is this an intelligent question? ...
How Much Did Gay Marriage Hurt Scozzafava?
I’ve looked in vain for public polling on how much the gay-marriage issue hurt Dede Scozzafava with GOP and independent voters.
So I commissioned a poll. The results should be ready to release by tomorrow.
Here’s the key: ...
This Sunday on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, one of the panelists, Cynthia Tucker, said the following about me: “. . . the Bush administration for heaven’s sake gave taxpayer money to conservative columnists like Maggie Gallagher to highlight, to ...
One Question for Ted Olson Update
In my recent post, I contrasted Ted Olson’s dubious position attacking the constitutionality of Prop 8 with Dallin Oakes, identifying Oakes is an elder of the LDS church. A reader writes:
“I just read your Corner post on Ted Olson. ...
The Fall of Dede Scozzafava
The media is all over the new Siena poll which shows Dede Scozzafava’s support collapsing in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. This is a special election in November in a district that has elected a Republican since 1871. But ...
Obama to HRC: 'I'm with you, sort of'
Pity President Obama. He’s done more, more quickly, for gay people than any president in history but it’s clearly not enough. The leadership, the old heads, are trying to restrain and redirect their people. But gay Americans have ...
The Five Leading Marriage Indicators
How do we measure a marriage culture?
The Institute for American Values has come up with a new Marriage Index — the Five Leading Marriage Indicators — and a fascinating report that explains why it is necessary.
My column on the subject ...
The Sixth Prediction about SSM
Steve Chapman challenged me to make empirically verifiable predictions about the consequences of gay marriage. I offered five. But I would like to offer a sixth prediction: Only a small minority of gay couples will seek gay marriages where they ...
Julie & Julia: No Plot, No Drama, No Point
The liberal pieties didn’t bother me in Julie & Julia, because they are so inevitable in a Hollywood film.
No, here’s what bothered me: Julie is a deeply unattractive parasite on the success of a beloved character/cookbook writer ...
Chuck Cooper Strikes Back!
Charles Cooper, the lawyer in charge defending the right of Californians to amend their own constitution to protect marriage, strikes hard at the supercilious arguments uberliberal David Boies made in the Wall Street Journal in a letter to the editor:
In “The Carrie Effect,” I point out that gay-marriage advocates are like the Borg. Resistance is futile. But today the Borg blinked.
Major financial backers of same-sex marriage are cautioning gay rights groups to delay a campaign to overturn California’...
'What Defines a Family? We Do!'
This CBS News story is a snapshot of where the gay-marriage debate is taking us.
At a rally in West Hollywood, Drew Barrymore revived the old narrative that family structure doesn’t matter:
“Children need families, people need to love ...
Do New Yorkers Support SSM?
A widely touted Siena College poll last month found that the majority of New Yorkers support gay marriage.
This week the numbers bounced back to 46 percent to 46 percent. And in terms of strongly held views, anti-gay marriage voters outnumber pro-gay ...
This Independent story about fraud prosecutions of Scientologists in France contains an idea which is very odd to American ears:
The Church of Scientology in France went on trial today on charges of organised fraud. Registered as a religion in ...
The Trouble with Social Conservatives
Back a while ago, when I was complaining about Republicans who think the GOP has just too darn many religious voters (“funny, so do the Democrats”), I promised I would explain how social conservatives have contributed to this misimpression — and ...
Comedian Greg Morton rewrites the lyrics to “Candy Man” for our president:
Princeton Protest Against Prof. Robby George and NOM
Yesterday Princeton students, concerned that somebody in America might associate Princeton with the National Organization for Marriage because of its connection with one Princeton professor, staged a protest — donning homemade Robby George masks and umbrellas because . . . well, you watch and ...
I love theology of the body. And Christopher West is an indefatigible popularizer of JP2’s thoughts. But this thought of Christopher’s (from an ABC Nightline interview) I’m having trouble with:
“I love Hugh Hefner,” said West. “I ...
My statement on Carrie Prejean today:
Because Carrie honestly said what she believed in answer to a question–marriage is the union of a man and a woman– she is now the subject of ongoing character assassination. The level of ...
The March 12 CBS News poll found that just 33 percent support gay marriage (if offered a three-way choice between gay marriage, civil unions, or no recognition). CBS News’s latest poll shows a huge 9-point jump in support for gay marriage ...
I personally believe torture is wrong. We shouldn’t do it. Even if it means me, my husband, and my two sons get blown up. Seriously, if I had to choose I’d say: Death is common to us all; ...
The Politics of Gay Marriage
Gee, and I thought the question was: Should we give up on gay marriage in order to revive the GOP, not should the GOP give up on every other issue? Silly me.
On a more serious note: There was a ...
Perez Hilton v. Miss California: The Face of the Gay-Marriage Movement
Perez “You dumb b–tch” Hilton is typical of the new face of the gay-marriage movement in America. (Joining Frank “you are all bigots” Rich among others). And I would like to nominate Miss California as the new face of ...
Rudy Guiliani on the Strategic Moment
So I’m sitting around watching CNN push the idea (with the help of noted political strategist Meghan McCain and various Log Cabin Republicans) that the key to resurrecting the GOP brand is getting rid of those pesky evangelicals and ...
Steve Schmidt and the Strategic Moment
Steve Schmidt says the problem with the GOP is too many religious voters.
Funny, this is the Democrats’ view too.
Democrats are engaged in a highly sophisticated outreach strategy with the same basic message point: The GOP is not the ...
The Amazing Power of the Culture (Interlude)
I’ve been interrupted over this last week by events: Iowa and Vermont. The National Organization for Marriage (my organization) stepped up the release of a new ad, “Gathering Storm,” which provoked an energetic response from the Human Rights Campaign. “...
The Amazing Power of the Culture: Footnote 26
Brian Brown is the executive director of the National Organization for Marriage (full disclosure: I’m the president). In the bulletin he just sent out about the Iowa decision, Brian pointed to Footnote 26 for the meaning of this decision:
Iowa Same-Sex Marriage Ruling 8 a.m. Tomorrow
The Iowa Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling will be up on the web tomorrow morning (Friday, April 3).
The Amazing Power of The Culture (Part 9)
“Connecting sex, love, babies, money, mothers and fathers is hard.”
Up at Radcliffe last week, feminist and queer-theorist (forgive me if that’s not the right term) Prof. Janet Halley, who generously invited me to attend this conference, described this ...
The Amazing Power of the Culture (Part 7)
But with apologies, the marriage fights didn’t begin in 2003.
Between roughly 1960 and 1980, marriage came under a rather fierce and multi-faced ideological attack.
Five great strands of contemporary liberalism — the sexual revolution, the gender-role revolution, the expansion of welfare for ...
The Amazing Power of The Culture (Part 5)
Here’s another way that gay marriage and no-fault divorce are similar: Elites coalesced in favor of this legal change — and firmly downplayed the very idea it could have any cultural effects at all. Unilateral-divorce laws were passed by insider ...
While drafting my next installment in The Amazing Power of The Culture series, I ran across this quote:
People enter marriage with a variety of expectations. For many individuals, children, family, and the future may not be at the top ...
The Amazing Power of The Culture (Part 4)
To recap: Changing divorce law did not only affect the “exit requirements” from marriage, it affected the shared vision of what marriage consists of, what the marriage vow means. The law names the reality of who is married and who ...
The Amazing Power of The Culture (Part 2)
What is culture? Sometimes we use that word as the opposite of economics or law. Here I mean something very specific. Culture, as James Davison Hunter put it, is the power to name reality.
In this sense, law is not ...
May I Have a Naked Girl. . . .
With that cup of coffee? A small town in Maine wrestles with topless baristas.
re: Reconciliable Differences?
No, to answer the question readers as asking, I do not endorse the Rauch/Blankenhorn proposal–at least not until someone can address the concerns I raised, here.
I do appreciate the very American attempt to get to live-and-let-live tolerance. ...
At the Brookings Institution last Friday, Jonathan Rauch and David Blankenhorn talk over their proposal for a compromise (federal civil unions in exchange for generous religious-liberty protections). Bill Galston moderates, and Prof. Robin Fretwell Wilson, one of the editors of ...
What If They Called Off a Hearing
and people showed up anyway? The Knights of Columbus’s Brian Caufield blogs about the rally for religious liberty at Connecticut’s capitol in the wake of the decision to pull the bill attacking the Catholic Church.
In this Weekly Standard piece “The New Blacklist”, a painter, Maureen Mullarkey, tells from her point of view what it’s like when the tolerant folks with class power decide support for marriage itself is a form of bigotry, akin ...
Another response to Deroy: The thing I would feel subliminally guilty about, were I to feel guilty, is the sudden resurging of the out-of-wedlock birth rates. In my first 20 years of fighting for marriage, we eventually won the argument that ...