How the ’Family Values’ Political Scandals May Benefit Marriage Equality

EDGE Boston
July 5, 2009
One by one, the so-called "family values" Republicans--including those considered potential 2012 presidential candidates--are falling like dominoes. They preach about the sanctity of marriage and the importance of a man and a woman raising children, then get caught with their pants down (literally). Attorney Evan Wolfson, founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, said of "family values" politicians like Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina, "These people run around the country denying encouragement and support for gay families. That’s the hypocrisy of their position." How, then can marriage equality advocates use the "family values" politicians committing marital indiscretions to their advantage? "I think that their hypocrisy speaks for itself and helps move the case for legalization forward," Wolson said. "Because many of them have been the bomb-throwing leaders of the anti-gay campaign, every time one of them is taken out it allows for the fair-minded to think anew and move in the right direction." [Link]