Think Evangelicals Vote in Lockstep? Meet the Routhe Family

Campaigns & Elections
April 1, 2008
Shifting demographics are affecting the views and votes of evangelical Christian voters, moving some to adopt more nuanced views of issues, including marriage equality. Peter Ilyan, who describes himself as a Christian environmental evangelist says, "So now when James Dobson says it's only gay marriage and abortion we should care about? One of our jokes is that gay married couples have the fewest abortions of anybody." [Link]

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The next ‘gay moment’?

In These Times
January 30, 2008
"On a recent flight across the country, my seatmates included a middle-aged couple. Like many fellow travelers in the past two years, they asked me what it meant that I wore a circular white button stating simply but emphatically in black, 'I do!'... And the conversation took a sudden and unprecedented turn. 'My son,' [the man] ventured, with a tight self-conscious smile, 'is gay. And I’m a Republican. But I’ve had employees at my company who had to go back to work, as old as I am, when their partner passed away. They had no more health insurance and no survivor’s benefits. That situation isn’t right,” he stated. 'And it needs to change.'" [link]

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OPINION: Secrets of conservatives

The Lantern
September 17, 2007
With popular culture swinging the way of tolerance, as it should be, the right wing — more specifically the Christian right — saw it was going to be fighting an uphill battle to prevent gays from getting married. So what did they do? They changed what the issue was about and turned the tables completely. Suddenly, they weren't discriminating or persecuting anyone. They were "defending" the "sanctity" of marriage. Think about it. It's diabolically ingenious. Everyone always roots for the underdog. [link]

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BLOG: Freedom to Marry vs. Justification to Discriminate

Good As You
February 8, 2007

People are slowly catching on to thing those of us on this side of the issue have always known, which is that they will say almost anything to justify their gay bias! Initiatives like the inspired Washington proposal will only help America connect the dots.
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BLOG: A Conservative Perspective Against Anti-Gay Marriage Amendments

Leonard Link
January 16, 2007
In this summary of an op-ed by conservative U.S. Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Link explores Wilkinson's belief that writing anti-marriage amendments into constitutions is bad for political activity at the state level. He does not argue in support of marriage equality but rather discusses important practicalities of our political system, an understanding of which is integral for the marriage movement. [Link]

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Romney biggest contributor to SC anti-gay campaign

365Gay.com
July 4, 2006
"The extent of his involvement with the South Carolina group is seen as the beginning of an attempt to build a national coalition of conservative groups — something he will need if he goes ahead with his quest for the GOP presidential nomination." [link]

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A Libertarian Case for Marriage Equality

Q and O
June 10, 2006
The Q and O blog explores the libertarian perspective on marriage equality, concluding with the notion that, "the ideal libertarian solution would be to have the government get out of the 'marriage' business altogether." [Link]

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Conservative Still Trying to Make Correlation Between Marriage Equality and Marital Anarchy

Southern Voice
January 27, 2006

"The right wing would love nothing more than for us to spend all of our airtime discussing distractions such as polygamy, bestiality and other — from their point of view — doomsday scenarios rather than engage the public about committed same-sex couples being discriminated against," says Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, which advocates marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. [Link]

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Common Ground Among Conservatives on Marriage

National Review Online
October 25, 2005
Dale Carpenter covers ten points that conservatives agree on when it comes to marriage. He briefly discusses the intellectual conservatives, such as Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Rauch, who have made the conservative case for marriage, embracing the idea that the commitment and stability of marriage would benefit same-sex couples, their relationships, society and the institution of marriage itself. [Link]

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Conservative Family Opens Their Door to Same-Sex Family, Victims of Katrina

Time Magazine
September 19, 2005
Conservative Forrest King was told by the American Red Cross and FEMA that the best way to help Hurricane Katrina victims is to donate money rather than opening one's doors to possible murderers, smokers, etc. Nonetheless, after witnessing the suffering of victims, his family has decided to welcome into their home the Meehan-Hoo family, a lesbian couple with three children, ages 5, 7 and 9. "The adults are same-sex, and I don't care," he says. "They're Americans first." [Link]

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