Why Marriage Matters to Conservatives
“Same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one's own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.”
—former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, Newsweek, January 9, 2010
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Today, on the day that the Senate Judiciary Committee in Rhode Island will vote on legislation that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, all of the members of the Senate Republican Caucus in Rhode Island announced their support for the marriage bill. The caucus is now the first legislative caucus of any political party in any state to unanimously support the freedom to marry.
Today, the Republican National Committee approved a resolution reaffirming its stance against the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, even despite vocal opposition from a growing number of young conservatives who embrace the freedom to marry and view it as a core conservative value.
The leadership committee for Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry published a letter this morning denouncing the draft of an RNC resolution that includes language excluding same-sex couples from marriage.
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A Public Policy Polling survey found a majority of California voters in support of the freedom to marry.
AOL News spotlights the recent surge in support for the freedom to marry among conservatives.
A listing of both state and national political parties that have made strong statements in support of the freedom to marry.