Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Conservative Case for Marriage, be it Same-Gender or Not

LC/NA directs your attention to the front-cover story of a recent issue of Newsweek : "The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage: Why same-sex marriage is an American value." The article is written by Theodore B. Olson, the lawyer who represented George Bush during the Bush v. Gore election case. Mr. Olson is currently at work on Prop 8 in California, trying to "persuade a federal court to invalidate" the law that took away the right for same-gender couples to marry. While the case itself has to do with state law, the issue of same-gender marriage is clearly on the minds of many faithful Christians all over the country and throughout the ELCA.

Olson writes:
Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one's own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.
Read the full article here.

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