Freedom To Marry

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Why Marriage Matters to Conservatives

[A] federal amendment to define marriage would do nothing to strengthen families—just the opposite. And it would unnecessarily undermine one of the core principles I have always believed the GOP stood for: federalism. ... How are gay men and women to be expected to build stable, loving relationships as all of us try to do, when American society refuses to recognize the relationships?

—former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), Washington Post, September 5, 2003

Use the key resources below to learn more about why marriage matters to Conservatives.

 


 

FROM EVAN WOLFSON:

A Tearful Republican Mayor Comes Out — For the Freedom to Marry
Huffington Post
September 20, 2007

Complete with video, Evan Wolfson highlights an emotional press conference by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, a Republican former police chief, at which he announced his intention to sign a resolution supporting the freedom to marry, a reversal from his prior public opposition. Mayor Sanders said his change of heart and mind was due to soul-searching and personal conversations with gay people he knows, including his lesbian daughter, showing how powerful it is to make the conversation about real people, not just legalisms or hypotheticals. He also described how he has come to understand that his prior support for civil union, rather than marriage, was inadequate and wrong. San Diego now joins the other major California cities in calling on the Governor and State Supreme Court to follow the legislature's lead in embracing marriage equality.

VIDEO: Public Policy Lecture Series: "Should State Legislatures Approve Same-Sex Marriage?"
C-SPAN
March 14, 2007

Evan Wolfson debates parenting and marriage equality with David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values. Evan draws on the leading experts (American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Law Quarterly) who say ending discrimination in marriage would help families and hurt no one, emphasizing that marriage matters to everyone, no matter their political persuasion.
Streaming video from Pace Law School
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Evan's opening remarks on YouTube

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WHERE YOU CAN GO TO GET INVOLVED OR LEARN MORE:

Log Cabin Republicans
The Issues—Gay & Lesbian Families section of the Log Cabin Republicans website contains The Case for Civil Marriage Equality and various other sections which address why marriage matters to conservatives.

Andrew Sullivan: The Daily Dish
Andrew Sullivan, a leading conservative journalist who supports ending discrimination in marriage, blogs daily on the Atlantic Online and often discusses why the freedom to marry is important to conservatives.

Right on the Internet
A great list of websites and blogs by writers who are either conservative or libertarian and committed to equality for gay and lesbian Americans.

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THE NUMBERS: POLLING & STATISTICS:

Groundbreaking New Poll of Republican Base Shows Strong Support for Gay Rights
Log Cabin Republicans
June 27, 2007

A groundbreaking new poll by leading GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio shows that Republican voters support basic fairness for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.

A number of conservative leaders and elected officials have made great strides for gay and lesbian rights and for marriage equality including:

  • Oregon's Senator Gordon Smith, whose most recent campaign commercials specifically highlighted his support of gay and lesbian rights;
  • New York's Governor George Pataki who successfully negotiated a contract with state workers enabling their domestic partners to receive full benefits;
  • Pennsylvania's Senator Arlen Spector, an unequivocal voice against the Federal Marriage Amendment;
  • Rhode Island's Senator Lincoln Chaffee, a firm supporter of full marriage equality;
  • New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, also an opponent of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

For more information check out the Log Cabin Republicans' online list of conservative allies.

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PUBLICATIONS:

Summary of "Homosexuality, Human Dignity and Halakha"
by Rabbis Elliot N. Dorff, Daniel S. Nevins and Avram I. Reisner
Tishri 5767 / September 2006

The Dorff Teshuva calls for the full normalization of the status of gay and lesbian Jews at all levels of the Conservative movement.

Conservatives against amending the Constitution to ban civil marriage for same-sex couples
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
July 18, 2004

Eight conservative elected officials, political leaders and columnists share why they oppose amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

The Case for Civil Marriage Equality
Log Cabin Republicans
The Log Cabin Republicans clearly and concisely lay out their reasons for supporting marriage equality. Citing three tenets—how marriage equality will lead to more stable relationships, will not threaten marriage as we know it, and is simply the next step of a constantly-evolving institution—the LCR makes a compelling argument worth reading.

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MULTIMEDIA:

A Republican Mayor Explains Why He Supports Marriage Equality
September 20, 2007
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders holds a press conference to explain the evolution of his experience coming out in support of marriage equality.

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A Tearful Republican Mayor Comes Out — For the Freedom to Marry

Huffington Post
September 20, 2007

Complete with video, Evan Wolfson highlights an emotional press conference by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, a Republican former police chief, at which he announced his intention to sign a resolution supporting the freedom to marry, a reversal from his prior public opposition. Mayor Sanders said his change of heart and mind was due to soul-searching and personal conversations with gay people he knows, including his lesbian daughter, showing how powerful it is to make the conversation about real people, not just legalisms or hypotheticals. He also described how he has come to understand that his prior support for civil union, rather than marriage, was inadequate and wrong. San Diego now joins the other major California cities in calling on the Governor and State Supreme Court to follow the legislature's lead in embracing marriage equality.

Log Cabin Republicans

The Issues—Gay & Lesbian Families section of the Log Cabin Republicans website contains The Case for Civil Marriage Equality and various other sections which address why marriage matters to conservatives.

Andrew Sullivan: The Daily Dish

Andrew Sullivan, a leading conservative journalist who supports ending discrimination in marriage, blogs daily on the Atlantic Online and often discusses why the freedom to marry is important to conservatives.

Right on the Internet

A great list of websites and blogs by writers who are either conservative or libertarian and committed to equality for gay and lesbian Americans.