Crusader Against Gay Marriage Swaps Sides

David Blankenhorn's op-ed sparks renewed debate
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2012 4:24 PM CDT
Crusader for Same-Sex Marriage Swaps Sides
David Blankenhorn, who surprised same-sex marriage advocates by coming out in support of gay marriage yesterday.   (YouTube)

One of the most respected opponents of gay marriage has changed his mind, arguing that too many of his political comrades are simply prejudiced against gays and lesbians, the New York Times reports. David Blankenhorn, who wrote The Future of Marriage and argued for California's Proposition 8 as an expert witness, revealed his new opinion in the Times yesterday: "Whatever one's definition of marriage, legally recognizing gay and lesbian couples and their children is a victory for basic fairness," he wrote.

He also hopes that by embracing gay marriage, he can "help build new coalitions bringing together gays who want to strengthen marriage with straight people who want to do the same." Reaction is, of course, mixed:

  • "He has thrown marriage under the bus for the sake of the homosexual movement," said Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council. Sprigg blamed Blankenhorn's position on a desire not to be seen as anti-gay.
  • "Blankenhorn's current position closely parallels my own," writes Reihan Salam in the National Review. But "Blankenhorn's new strategy actually represents a harder road than opposition to the legalization of same-sex civil marriage," because he "won't have concrete victories to celebrate."
  • "David was a good man when he was opposed to marriage equality and he is a good man now," writes gay marriage advocate Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Beast. "We need more like him."
Click for the full Times piece, or Blankenhorn's op-ed. (Read more gay marriage stories.)

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