Did Fred Karger Sink the Bork Nomination?
I was looking over some old pieces about that seminal fight. One of them I had no recollection of writing was this 1987 piece for National Review, “For Want of a Nail.” It focused on the Reagan administration’s inept defense ...
‘Mere Morals Have No Place in Law’
A German “zoophile” objects to a proposal to recriminalize bestiality, arguing “mere morals have no place in law,” and besides he fears, the government may take away his dog.
How Not to Appeal to Latinos
I’ve been processing the immediate debate on this, including Hannity’s “I’ve evolved on a pathway to citizenship” and Rush Limbaugh’s continuing appreciation of Heather Mac Donald.
I appreciate Heather, too, but I want to make a ...
1. Romney tried to win while leaning on only one leg of the the old Reagan coalition: jobs, jobs, jobs, economy, economy, economy. Against a president with a poor record on the economy, he lost.
2. The money guys bought the GOP ...
Time: Gay Marriage Poised for Historic Approval by Voters in Three States
For the first time in American history, voters in three states are poised to legalize gay marriage via popular vote. So far, only state legislatures and courts have sanctified same-sex marriage — it has failed to pass every time ...
Support for Marriage Surging in Washington State
Bill Gates just gave $500,000. That’s on top of the $100,000 he donated this summer. Mayor Bloomberg chipped in with a $250,000 “match” gift.
A new Obama super PAC? No, it’s the money guys across the country banding together to buy ...
. . . bringing up stories from the campaign, like he did last time. He’s numbers-heavy, stories-shy, even in his good answers.
Deaf Diversity Chief May Lose Her Job for Opposing Gay Marriage
Gaullaudet University has put Dr. Angela McCaskill, its chief diversity officer, on paid leave because she signed a petition to put gay marriage before the voters of Maryland:
If your job is to promote diversity, signing a petition to get ...
At First Things, Greg Forster responds to another blogger’s view that there is no point in defending against gay marriage because marriage is already dead.
My take: If marriage really were dead, people would not respond so powerfully to ...
Pro–Gay Marriage Dems Lose Big in Rhode Island Primaries
Tim Gill and his band of big donors spent a fortune seeking to pass gay marriage in Rhode Island — but last night was a bad night for pro-gay marriage Dems in Rhode Island, according to the Providence Phoenix:
Jobs and economic growth. Twenty-three percent of LGBT voters are voting for Romney. Just 6 percent say gay marriage is their top issue. Twelve percent actually oppose gay marriage, according to this Harris interactive poll.
Regnerus Update: U of Texas Concludes No Scientific Misconduct
Duh. But nice to have it official.
E. J. Graff and I Debate Same-Sex Marriage
My comments on the Corner prompted a personal exchange between me and E. J. which led to an invitation to appear on Bloggingheads TV.
Christian Group to File $100 Million Lawsuit against SPLC
Bill Keller’s group just issued a press release warning the Southern Poverty Law Center to remove him and LivePrayer from their hate-group list within 72 hours or face a lawsuit. SPLC was founded in order to use civil litigation to ...
What Southern Poverty Law Center Said about FRC
SPLC’s research director Heidi Beirich told Talking Points Memo on November 24, 2010, that there was no difference between Family Research Council and the Ku Klux Klan:
I asked her if a Republican choosing to address the FRC [Values Voter Summit] ...
Growing Up with Two Moms: Professor Lopez's View
In the Public Discourse, Professor Robert Oscar Lopez, a Latino bisexual English professor (and a self-described conservative), tells his story of what it was like being raised by two moms. He says that, although he was not interviewed for Professor ...
It means “For God and Country.” In Aurora, a 14-year-old boy named Prodeo Patria, though he had been shot in the back, went back inside the theater to save his mother and father. He stayed to help another wounded man ...
Reuters Comes Out for Gay Marriage in Minnesota
The news organization has officially come out opposing the Minnesota Marriage Amendment which simply defines marriage as one man and one woman. They pretend this is a business decision with no other implications.
“We believe the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, if ...
Attacking Freedom of Thought and Scholarship
Scott Rose, who writes that I have blood on my hands for opposing gay marriage (read this to get a flavor of who Scott Rose is and how he thinks), has filed an ethics complaint charging a serious scholar with “...
Debating Same-Sex Marriage
I got a nice fan note from a hedge-fund guy in Minnesota:
I hope you are well.
A quick note to let you know that I have been reading your new book and I think it is awesome!
E. J. Graff Responds with a Question
E. J. says we agree that gay marriage in some nontrivial way disconnects marriage, sex, and diapers. It reduces the connection between marriage and its erstwhile chief public purpose: regulating responsible procreation.
She then offers me a spot at the ...
More on David Blankenhorn
David’s change of heart on gay marriage is the subject of my weekly newsletter (a version also appears in Public Discourse).
It’s very difficult to respond to him intellectually because he says he has not changed his mind ...
David Blankenhorn Gives Up
My friend and mentor and one-time boss David Blankenhorn has just published a New York Times op-ed in which he gives up on opposing gay marriage. I haven’t yet read it carefully enough to respond, except to say that “...
In Which Corvino and I Duke It Out over the New Regnerus Study
Professor John Corvino is sticking with his critique of the New Family Structures Survey; his version has gotten wide play around the Internet as the funniest critique. In trying to flesh out the study’s definition of “lesbian mothers” and “...
President Obama Losing One-Fifth of the Black Vote in North Carolina
President Obama won North Carolina by 14,000 votes in 2008 with 95 percent of the black vote. According to a new PPP poll, he’s now losing almost a quarter of the black vote. One in five black voters in North Carolina actually ...
The Best or the Worst of All Possible Gay-Parenting Studies?
The coauthor of my new book Debating Same-Sex Marriage has just published a New Republic piece claiming the new research on gay parenting gets everything wrong (at least according to the headline, which Corvino points out he’s not responsible ...
Ninth Circuit to 7 Million Californian Voters: Drop Dead
The full Ninth Circuit has refused to hear the Prop 8 case, which a three-judge panel ruled unconstitutional. Judge O’Scannlain gave an unusually blunt and scathing dissent.
Today our court has silenced any such respectful conversation. Based on a two-judge ...
Catholic Ad: Test of Fire on Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
Here’s an amazing new ad, by a group I’ve never heard of before, calling Catholics to vote their values: life, marriage, and religious liberty.
A lot of new things are happening this election, thanks to President Obama.
Mona, just a technical correction that does not detract from anything you wrote: NOM has not been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, as its president Richard Cohen confirmed to NPR on December 28, 2010. The press release ...
Sorry for all these personal posts, but really in one week the Left has conspired to say that I think a) I’m a victim, b) marriage is not a winnable issue for conservatives, and c) I’m afraid to ...
Oh Those Politically Damaging Social Issues Strike Again!
As Noah Glyn points out, Rasmussen is reporting that Romney now leads Obama 50 percent to 43 percent in its daily tracking poll. It’s the first time Romney has been over 50 percent. Weirdly, they attribute it to last week’s disappointing ...
Fox News: Pro–Gay Marriage?
Fox News stopped covering marriage victories years ago. I personally noticed it during the November 2009 elections when CNN and MSNBC gave plenty of airtime to the Maine referendum where voters successfully repealed gay marriage — but on Fox? Nothing. Did not ...
The Margin of Victory in North Carolina
In 2006, in Virginia, with a similarly worded marriage amendment, the people approved it by a vote of 57 percent to 42 percent. Six years later, in a similar southern swing state, the people approved it by an even larger margin 61 to 39 percent. ...
Apologies to Rod (Sort Of)
Rod, apologies if my remark seemed too personal. It’s been a theme in your own brave writing — in which you bravely explain why you oppose gay marriage and then you explain why we are going to all lose on ...
Carpetbombing Marriage in North Carolina
The anti-marriage-amendment campaign in North Carolina has apparently decided there is no way they can win a straight vote on whether gay marriage is a good idea. So they are now claiming the marriage amendment will strip heterosexuals of domestic-violence ...
Hilary Rosen, after saying Ann Romney “hasn’t worked a day in her life,” fights back with this HuffPo column. She says she never insulted Ann Romney or the work of motherhood, she just meant staying home is a luxury ...
Rick Santorum at Gettysburg
Mitt Romney is our nominee and I endorse him, personally. More on that later.
Rick Santorum came from nowhere with grit, determination, hard work, to speak for millions of Americans for whom the American dream includes economic opportunity, but it ...
Have ‘Social Issues’ Brought Santorum Down?
Ramesh, the only problem with your narrative — that social-issues “gaffes” from a pugnacious Santorum have turned off voters — is that it ignores the reality of what is actually keeping Romney in the lead: punishing 4–1 outspending of Santorum, painting him as ...
BuzzFeed Exclusive! NOM Thinks Gay Marriage Not a Civil Right!
It’s always amusing to watch the media go to work to generate a non-story. In this case, it’s about “secret” documents that show NOM reaches out to black and Latino churches to fight gay marriage.
NOM’s response ...
Vin Weber: ‘There is No Santorum Campaign’
Romney supporter Vin Weber, on Face the Nation’s midweek show Face to Face, says Santorum is running on the false storyline that only he touches the hearts of voters:
I’ve seen Mitt Romney inspire crowds. He gets people ...
The Priest Who Denied Communion to A Lesbian
I would not post on this, except the AP story on it managed to reach the Drudge Report.
Lifesite News reports more details. The woman went into the sacristy a few minutes before Mass and introduced another woman as her “...
Eating breakfast in a hotel lobby in Kalamazoo, Mich. (I am here as part of the www.RickBus.com press tour).
During breakfast, I’ve seen probably eight commercials from Team Romney calling Santorum a big spender and touting Romney’...
No knockouts, no train wrecks. Good Newt was back! Mitt Romney hung tough. Rick Santorum spent too much time defending himself and his record, which inevitably makes you look and sound defensive. We need Iowa Rick back on the stage.
Is Chris Christie Pulling an Obama on Gay Marriage?
Chris Christie is publicly opposed to same-sex marriage and indeed, to his credit, he fulfilled a campaign promise by vetoing a gay-marriage bill. But he raised eyebrows and doubts by appointing to the New Jersey Supreme Court an openly gay ...
Murder in the Netherlands
How often do doctors kill patients without their consent in the Netherlands?
One-quarter of assisted suicides, according to this survey. But only slightly less than 2 percent of all deaths are euthanasia/assisted suicides:
In 2005, of all deaths in the Netherlands, 1.7% ...
Katrina, you focus on the question of whether Adelson is Machiavellian, but a bigger question is: Is Mitt Romney?
Just last week, the media was reporting on private meetings between Mitt Romney’s Adelson, allegedly to get him to stop ...
New Poll: Santorum Surges in Georgia, Too
Gingrich, the favorite son, is still ahead, but suddenly only by 9 points over an improving Santorum (35 percent to 26 percent).
Michael, I agree with you: Newt Gingrich blew it because he decided to attack Romney from the left. A bizarre move, both politically and morally. (The new Gingrich photo is also vintage Gingrich. He wants the election to be about ...
I can’t believe anyone wants to read 8,000 words about my life story, but Mark Oppenheimer (the beliefs columnist for the New York Times) has just published such a profile in Salon. I haven’t read it yet, but someone ...
In Missouri, Santorum 55 percent, Romney 25 percent. With Gingrich off the ballot, Romney is in big trouble.
In Minnesota, Santorum 45 percent, Romney — a very distant third.
In Colorado, with 28 percent of the vote in, Santorum is up by 10 percent.
In explaining (...
Another Federal Judge Rejects Same-Sex Marriage as a Civil Right
The District court in Nevada just upheld that state’s marriage amendment, using the wins for gay marriage this November at the ballot box as evidence that gay people are not a protected class (because they are not politically powerless), ...
Marriage after Election 2012: A Response to Weigel
Over at First Things, George Weigel argues that the Catholic Church should refuse to cooperate with the government in states where marriage has been redefined, by refusing to act as agents of the state in signing marriage certificates.
‘Romney's Base Did Not Turn Out’
Jan Crawford’s piece on why the Romney campaign is “shellshocked” includes this key point:
They misread turnout. They expected it to be between 2004 and 2008 levels, with a plus-2 or plus-3 Democratic electorate, instead of plus-7 as it was in 2008. ...
A Libertarian Votes against Gay Marriage
Ed Morrissey explains at Hot Air why he voted for Minnesota’s Marriage Amendment:
I’ve written before that I think government would do best to stay out of marriage altogether, and leave it to the churches. That would be ...
Minnesota and Pennsylvania are both in play. Actually, a new poll today shows Obama is under 50 percent — in Maine.
These aren’t the normal swing states. And yet polls in the normal swing states show Obama tied with Romney.
'No on Six' in Maryland Uses McGaskill in New Ad
As has been covered on NRO, the chief diversity officer at a university for the deaf, African American woman Angela McCaskill, has had her job threatened because she signed a petition against same-sex marriage. See her below in a new ...
Gallaudet Announces Victory for McCaskill
From the Washington Post:
Last week the president of Gallaudet University put his chief diversity officer, Angela McCaskill, on paid leave after it became public that she had signed a petition for Maryland’s new same-sex marriage law to be ...
How Common Are Stable Same-Sex Couples?
The October issue of Journal of Marriage and Family published an analysis by Charles Lau of a British probability sample, “The Stability of Same-Sex Cohabitation, Different-Sex Cohabitation, and Marriage.”
Lau found that cohabiting same-sex couples in Great Britain are twice ...
New Poll: Tossup in Maine on Gay Marriage
Even in a blue state gay marriage is having trouble, according to a Democratic pollster:
Maine voters are leaning towards legalizing gay marriage, but it looks like it will be probably be close. 52% of voters say that they plan to ...
Do Women Create the Hook-Up Culture?
Hanna Rosin tries to shock the conscience of the trendy nation (yawn) by claiming in The Atlantic that women are the driving force creating a hook-up culture on college campuses. Many women may like the hook up culture and Rosin ...
Partying with Grover Norquist
Many great tidbits in a National journal story on partying with Grover Norquist. My favorite: “Samah thinks about how to describe what drives her husband. ‘The way my 3-year-old and 4-year-old daughters feel about Disney princesses — that’s how Grover ...
The Politicization of Violence?
Jonah, I realize you have a larger point to make in your column last week, and you are probably right about that.
But Tony Perkins has a point, too. It’s not just one instance of labeling the Family Research ...
What Evidence Would Change My Mind on Civil SSM?
Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage and Dan Savage at long last came together in Savage’s living room to debate the topic “Is Christianity bad for LGBT people?” (Savage chose the topic.) Of course, gay marriage came ...
Dana Milbank: ‘NOM Is Right’ on SPLC
The Southern Poverty Law Center is doubling down on its labeling of mainstream conservative Christian groups as “hate groups” equivalent to the Ku Klux Klan. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank deserves great credit for saying what should be obvious:
NOW Applauds a Chris Christie Veto
Yes, that is “NOW” not “NOM,” speaking of headlines you don’t expect to see.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie just vetoed a bill that would have loosened the state’s restrictions and regulations on surrogate parenting. Kathleen Sloan, a ...
Support for Gay Marriage Killing Tory Party
Andrew Pierce, a gay man (who opposes gay marriage), says Cameron’s support for gay marriage is destroying the Tory party. Ken Mehlman, and the rest of the GOP elites trying to accomplish the same thing here, should read this ...
It’s not often the Daily Beast and I agree, but Michael Tomasky has pointed to the same set of facts that I did in my column.
For my money, all this points to Mike Huckabee as ...
Does Obama Take the Black Vote for Granted?
Reverend William Owens of the Coalition of African-American Pastors says “yes.” (His website has a petition that black voters and allies can sign calling on President Obama to evolve again on gay marriage.)
Rev. William Owens is president ...
Why Romney Needs Huckabee
I explain in my column this week why Romney ought to choose Governor Huckabee for veep. The first rule is: Do no harm.
Huckabee is an experienced campaigner, fully vetted, who won’t make mistakes and won’t “outshine” Governor ...
What Constitutes ‘Uncivil’ and/or ‘Monstrous’ Speech?
I met the editor of AfterElton.com — a fairly large blog dedicated to gay male celebrities — in my debate with Andrew Sullivan at Washington and Lee University.
Meeting with people always tones down the effort to totally demonize them. But ...
The always interesting and honest E. J. Graff has a three-part response to David Blankenhorn’s change of heart on gay marriage.
The money graph:
Two days ago I wrote about David Blankenhorn, longtime “traditional” marriage proponent who reluctantly announced ...
President Obama's Bad Bet on Gay Marriage
He went with the money, not the voters. The latest AP poll shows Americans oppose gay marriage by a 42 percent to 40 percent margin with a suspiciously large number of people (15 percent) claiming to have no opinion on the subject. (In ...
Social Scientists Respond to Regnerus 'Controversy'
Eighteen social scientists have responded to the attempt to discredit Prof. Mark Regnerus:
Although Regnerus’s article in Social Science Research is not without its limitations, as social scientists, we think much of the public criticism Regnerus has ...
Professor Mark Regnerus Must Be Punished!
Over at TNR, someone named Molly Redden openly and unashamedly calls for Mark Regnerus to be marginalized for daring to publish in a peer-reviewed journal a new study of family structure which was reviewed by serious family scholars. This used ...
The Ignored New Study on Gay Parenting
I said I would track down another new study by Professor Daniel Potter analyzing existing nationally representative data that just came out in the June issue of Journal of Marriage and Family.
To examine whether same-sex parent families represent an ...
Do Children with Gay Parents Do Just As Well? The New Social-Science Debate
Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in his decision overturning Proposition 8 that social science had disproven the idea that children benefit from being raised by their mom and dad in a marriage. The American Psychological Association has issued a proclamation to that ...
I’ll Be in St. Paul on Saturday
I’ll be there defending marriage in an age of confusion. It’s a public lecture. Stop by and say “hello.” (It’s sponsored by a feisty, small, and incredibly impressive new Catholic school, the Chesterton Academy.)
Damian Goddard on Manny Pacquiao
Damian Goddard, a Toronto sportscaster who was fired for tweeting that he believes in the “true and authentic meaning of marriage,” is back in the ring with this Lifesite News op-ed on the attacks on Manny Pacquiao, who made a ...
Black Classmate of Romney at Prep School, Obama at Harvard Law
Here’s an interview with Sydney Barthwell, Jr. a man who was the only black classmate of Romney at Cranbrook, an elite prep school in Michigan. Twenty years later he went to Harvard Law School with Obama.
His father owned ...
Bristol Palin: Unwed Moms for Marriage Unite!
Bristol Palin is getting hammered by fellow celebs because she thinks Obama is wrong on gay marriage, according to this story.
The former Dancing with the Stars contestant, author and unwed mother said in her blog: “We know that in ...
Is Maggie Gallagher a Victim?
I acceded to Andrew Sullivan’s request to do his “Ask Me Anything” series.
In his post this morning he makes this comment: “Listening to Maggie Gallagher this week, you may be struck by how she sees herself as the ...
In Which I Say to the American Prospect: Yes We Can Win on Marriage
I’ve said it before, but the American Prospect is dense, picking up this from my exchange with Rod Dreher in a post called “The Lost Cause”:
What I find fascinating about all this is that even Maggie Gallagher cannot ...
Marriage Beats Non-Marriage 61–39 in N.C.
Even Public Policy Polling (a Democratic firm), which showed marriage amendment passing by 16 points right before the election, were shocked by the massive victory for the North Carolina marriage amendment, admitting via tweet: “Hate to say it, but I don’...
Dan Savage and Carrie Prejean
My column this week. Somehow I end with this riposte to Rod Dreher:
Once it was enough to accept norms of civility — to speak and treat each other with respect in spite of our important moral differences and disagreements. That ...
Am I Divorced or an Unwed Mom?
Buzz feed is retailing a press release from Fred Karger questioning whether I am married.
Here’s my reaction. I’m married. I’m not divorced. But if I were divorced — or still an unwed mother — I’d still be ...
Indicting George Zimmerman
This is good news for our country. As I wrote in my column on this last week, trial by jury has to be better at uncovering truth than the barbaric ordeal of trial by media.
When I heard how NBC ...
Drawing Moral Lines against Racism
As a literal child of the Sixties (I was born in 1960), I have always accepted cultural taboos on racist talk as a social good.
Race is different from anything else. A whole race of people was enslaved in my country — ...
You can tell how effective NOM has been by this orchestrated campaign against it. Here I am stating my views on MSNBC.
This is an in-house board update with language I don’t like — but the project itself is to ...
I was at the annual board meeting of the Church of Starbucks in Seattle on Wednesday.
Honestly that’s what it felt like. It opened with a self-congratulatory pitch by Howard Schultz on how terrible life in America is, and ...
NOM and the Southern Poverty Law Center
Mark, not to take issue with your larger points, but a correction: The National Organization for Marriage has not been named as an SPLC hate group. The head of SPLC made that clear last year. And this year, too.
Is Santorum More Electable than Romney?
I’m a Santorum fan, at this point, so don’t take my word for it. Here’s James Taranto making the case in the Wall Street Journal:
This column has recently become skeptical of the view–nearly universal on ...
Joe Klein Thanks Rick Santorum:
You need a subscription to Time, but here’s the money quote:
Rick and Karen decided to fight for Gabriel’s life, which nearly cost Karen her own, and they passionately embraced the child during his two hours on earth. ...
I'll Be in Grand Rapids Tomorrow
And a bunch of other towns in Michigan. Stop by and say “hi.”
The Basis for Romney’s Confidence in Michigan
Despite polls showing a narrow lead for Santorum, Team Romney remains confident he will win Michigan because, as one Romney adviser told BuzzFeed:
“Once a message and resources are concentrated in a state and you ask Republicans to make a ...
Will Obama Go After Santorum?
The White House is worried, the Wall Street Journal reports:
Mr. Santorum “doesn’t come with the type of political baggage that Gingrich had,” said one Obama adviser. “He has the ability to go farther and is much more likely ...
Santorum, Understanding Voters?
Buried in the Quinnipiac new poll showing Santorum leading Romney in Ohio among likely GOP primary voters is an really interesting nugget about Santorum’s general-election appeal.
Right now, among all voters, Santorum is showing strength in what is not ...
John Eastman Wows Them at CPAC
Professor John Eastman is a major constitutional scholar, and a litigator too. He’s the guy whose brief on standing laid out the arguments the 9th Circuit ultimately adopted in the Prop 8 case.
He’s also my successor as Chairman ...
Early Returns to Santorum Speech
The room was so crowded I had to watch on the lobby monitor. Standing next to me was a leader of a major evangelical organization. After Rick finished speaking, he turned to me and said, “We’ve been supporting Newt. ...
Civil Unions, Now the Slippery Slope
The tendency of gay-marriage advocates to ridicule as alarmist or uninformed all of their opponents arguments is unmatched — by any relationship to reality on the ground.
A few years ago, gay-marriage advocates claimed conservatives were just fearmongering when we said ...
Ninth Circuit to 7 Million California Voters: You Are Irrational Bigots
In a breathtaking exercise in ill-natured illogic, a divided Ninth Circuit ruled 2–1 that because Prop 8 does not take away civil-union benefits for same-sex couples, it’s an unconstitutional exercise in irrational animus towards gay people.
Dishonestly, the court claimed it ...