Lets compromise! Gay marriage is not a left or right issue but instead a humanist issue. The topic of gay marriage I believe is one social issue that conservatives are not seeing the greater picture. This is an opportunity for Republicans and conservatives to attack an severely unprotected flank of the liberal and progressive platform.
Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC's advertisement from the "Lean Forward" campaign is a perfectly demonstrates of how the issue of gay marriage can undermine the left's dominance in the arena of gay rights. Her belief displayed in this advertisement is so foreign to Americans. This belief is so out there that is not does not matter if you are gay, straight, Democrat or Republican you probably think she is nuts. Apparently according to Harris-Perry "we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities." Your children do not belong to you? This belief is absolutely insane! There is simply no other or better way I can characterize her belief. I am fairly confident that a super-majority, damn near 99%, would agree with me on this one.
Harris-Perry's belief is not that uncommon in the social circles of the east and west coast liberal and progressive elites, especially the more ideologically pure of the group (those who idolize Che and Saul Alinksy essentially). There is a strong strain of anti-individualism, the belief that you do not own yourself or anything else but a few material things. This is a dangerous strain and it is a virus which is destroying the American ideals of family and community. A conservative push for gay marriage would be not just be a defense against this virus, but it would be an attack which could nearly irradiate the terrible disease.
Liberals and progressives like Harris-Perry support gay marriage, but their support does not spring from their support of socially conservative values like strong families. No! There support springs from the desire that no man is owner of himself and that all people are not part of a nuclear or extended family, but instead they are part of wider family that is the government. They believe that without annihilating the institution that is family as we now know it, their socialist policies simply cannot succeed. After all true socialism/communism only works if everyone shares the same beliefs and is willing to sacrifice for the supposed common good (read government).
Gay marriage is where we start our attack against this assault on our culture and the institution of the family. Gay marriage is a conservative policy! It supports the institution of the family. The prime reason for this is that it creates a brand new pool of people looking to adopt children. There are nearly a half million children in America with no permanent family. A better way for Republicans to view these children is that there are a half million children who are less likely to grow up in a loving family, have proper nutrition, graduate from high school, and go to college. All of these things are the surest indicators of a high lifetime earning potential and higher salaries strongly correlates to a propensity to vote Republican! Not only does gay marriage provide new families for our lost children, it also provides a new avenue for expecting mothers who are thinking of abortion. With a larger pool of prospective parents mothers would be more likely to forgo abortion and take their pregnancy to term, because they would know that their child would have a loving and caring family to grow up in.
If you have never thought of these reasons to support gay marriage please take some time to digest these ideas. Gay marriage is a social issue unlike abortion. I know that gay marriage is against many social conservatives religious convictions, but I believe a famous quote from Thomas Jefferson's best sums up why Republicans and conservatives should support gay marriage: “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” Gay marriage unlike abortion hurts no one! The death of a human being is not at stake here, but what is at stake here is the future of the family. Gay marriage can be part of that future and it can make the nuclear family even stronger in the future.
To conclude this post which I am sure will act as a lightning rod. I have one suggestion on compromise if social conservatives are completely opposed to the label of gay marriage. A compromise from the left and moderates would be simply calling gay marriage by another name, civil unions. Civil unions can be defined exactly like marriage and receive all the same legal benefits, but then we can maintain marriage as a religious and societal right that is between a man and woman. This I believe is a compromise Ronald Reagan would be proud to support.
P.S. - I will expound on the topic of abortion another day, because I believe that abortion is a social issue which can be a winning issue on the campaign trail for Republicans and conservatives.
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