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October 11, 2011 1:37 AM Conservatives and Gay Marriage

By Keith Humphreys

Whenever political conservatives gather these days, stentorian pronouncements about gay marriage are soon to follow. This is particularly true at the meetings of conservative political parties, which tend to be dominated by the most committed activists. Thus one should not be surprised to hear a conservative politician throwing red meat like this to the base at a party convention:

Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative.

Oh sorry, I seem to have mixed up my U.K. and U.S. newspapers. Shouldn’t blog before I down that second cup of coffee. Insert Emily Litella quote here.

That was minor Conservative party figure David Cameron, by the way.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Keith Humphreys is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine.


  • pQuincy on October 11, 2011 9:39 AM:

    "society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other"

    Mr. Cameron is obviously a Marxist soshulist!


    The radicalism of American so-called 'conservative' positions, which apotheosize individual self-interest no matter what the costs, becomes visible when you consider how few American 'conservatives' would endorse the general principle Cameron articulated.

    We are talking about 'conservatives' who cheer the prospect of an uninsured sick man dying, after all. They combine corrosive individualism with a highly patriarchal and regressive reading of Christianity, as well: the radical individual self-interest of adult white males is their real grail. One can only hope that more and more American voters will begin to wonder how this toxic brew has taken over one of the major political parties, and what kind of society would result if it gained greater power.

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