This installment explains why social conservatives have a problem with "gay marriage."
Contrary to what many supporters of gay marriage seem to believe, the opposition to gay marriage is not motivated, as a general rule, in large part or small, by bigotry.... what inspires the first conservative objection to gay marriage, [is] the one born out of respect for society and those social traditions that, over time, have demonstrated that they exist for everyone's benefit....
It gets much better.
What follows is what I've been arguing for years. It's not about you and your little love-muffin. It's about all of us, and the proof in the pudding that holds us all together. The only reason some people are able to confuse "freedom" with "license" with impunity, is because there are enough of the rest of us to insist on maintaining the proper distinction. You have to wonder, though, how long that's going to continue, don't you think?
Or don't you?
[IMAGES: 1) Illustration by Mark Dancey for Salon. 2) Copyright 2009 by Chris Muir for Day by Day. All images used without permission or shame.]