The Corner

Reconsidering Pessimism

Rod Dreher has second thoughts about his marriage prognosis:

I have said privately to Maggie that I think the pro-marriage forces are going to lose in the long run, because younger Americans have internalized the emotivist logic of our culture, regarding the meaning of marriage (meaning that they accept that marriage is a contract between two consenting parties who agree that it means nothing more than that they love each other; it has no essential meaning beyond that). I still believe that Andrew Sullivan is right about the inevitability of gay marriage, but after the results of Maine and California — neither of which are culturally conservative states — I’m beginning to think that perhaps I was too pessimistic.