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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Case for Gay Marriage

Dale Carpenter is argueing the case for gay marriage at Volokh's place. You can see all his posts here: The Volokh Conspiracy: Dale Carpenter. I am already inclined to agree with this point of view, from a legislative although not judicial standpoint, so I find his arguments more convincing than Maggie Gallagher's. Whatever side you are on in this debate, it is well worth spending time looking at these points. I don't know how many people will be convinced on this topic. I would count it as a win if a few people could realize that good people have some valid reasons on both sides, and that the debate goes way beyond being a 'gay activist' or a 'homo hating bigot'.


Anonymous joeh said...

Simple and clear answer found in the CCC. This is a deviant lifestyle and society should not now classify it as normal. Children should not be placed in this environment and no unbiased study has ever been done showing any long term impact. I do believe that any person who has ever gone through school would say they would not have wanted to go through school as a child of gay parents.

11/01/2005 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

I am sure you are correct that no unbiased study has been done. I also strongly suspect that no unbiased study is possible.

Everything that happens of course has long term impact. While it is arguable that gays are not optimal parents, it is hard to argue that being raised by gays is worse than some options, being raised in foster homes, orphanages, for example. Of course most children raised by a gay parent or parents is a child of on of the gays involved. I highly doubt that the child in question would be better off if removed from their family.

Of course kids are cruel, and will pick on anyone they classify as different. That bullying from bigoted kids hardly seems a sound thing to base social policy on however.

Thanks for sharing the homophobic bigot side of the argument though.

11/01/2005 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger honestpartisan said...

FYI, here's an organization that works with children of lesbian and gay parents. They have some good resources.

11/02/2005 09:03:00 AM  

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