“Institute for American Values” President Announces He Now Supports the Freedom to Marry
Washington, DC – Today David Blankenhorn, the founder and President of the Institute for American Values and author of The Future of Marriage, announced in the New York Times that he now supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, calling it “a victory for basic fairness.” Blankenhorn previously opposed marriage for same-sex couples and was one of just a few witnesses to testify in favor of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that revoked marriage for gay and lesbian couples in California, in Perry vs. Brown.
Below is a statement by Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry:
“David Blankenhorn’s announcement today reflects the shift towards understanding among the majority of people when they hear the stories and see for themselves why marriage matters to same-sex couples. As the leader of a right-of-center think tank and network that promotes conservative values, David knows that children grow up best when they are raised in families that are treated with fairness, respect, and dignity. His journey towards marriage has been a long time in the making and he is a welcome addition to the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry.”
Blankenhorn’s 2007 book, The Future of Marriage, discusses the importance of strengthening the institution of marriage and includes accounts of conversations with Wolfson. “We would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriage than we were on the day before,” Blankenhorn wrote.