Sullivan, The Dutch & More
Andrew Sullivan quotes a letter from a Dutch reader today in criticism of my piece from yesterday on Dutch marriage. The reader claims that the real reason for the rising Dutch out-of-wedlock birthrate is the ease with which Dutch parents can cohabit and get all the legal benefits of marriage. The problem with this explanation is that the Dutch effectively equalized marriage and cohabitation in the 1980’s. Yet out-of-wedlock birthrates only shot up in the mid-nineties, just as registered partnerships were approved. Notice that this letter writer likes cohabiting parenthood just fine. This is the second time Sullivan has tried to rebut me by quoting bad arguments from a European letter writer who also defends unmarried parenthood. Whatever happened to the conservative case for gay marriage? Meanwhile, have a look at blogger Tom Sylvester on gay marriage here and here.