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I think it might be very hard for any self-identified conservative to find fault with the clear, reasoned Conservative Case for Gay Marriage that Theodore B. Olson made in Newsweek last Saturday. It's an essay I wouldn't hesitate to share with someone who needs persuasion on this point.

Olson is currently involved in "attempting to persuade a federal court to invalidate California's Proposition 8--the voter-approved measure that overturned California's constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex." He's "a politically active, lifelong Republican, a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations," so his cred with the knee-jerk set ought to be pretty solid.

He sets up and knocks down each of the popular arguments against gay marriage in the clearest, simplest terms, intelligent but not highbrow.

My only quibble with the article is that it points out how wonderful and important and privileged the married state is in all societies--but he could hardly make his argument without that, so I overlook it.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.

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