Same-sex marriage is the hot topic in Vermont this week. The legislature held a hearing on the issue and a bill was passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The full senate votes on Monday.
I woke up thinking about a post on this topic, but life called me away from the blog today. As it turns out, Emerson Lynn’s Same Sex Marriage: The Conservative Case reflects some of what I was going to say and what I think is the strongest point.
The crux of the issue is one of social stability. Marriage connotes commitment. The more couples that seek that commitment, the more stable we are as a society. The greater the barriers to that commitment, the less stable we are. That has been conservative dogma for eons.
Thus, the more couples that marry, the more stable we become. If that is accepted, then it also follows that same-sex couples would add to society’s stability, not subtract. That should be something conservatives embrace.
And of course, this point,
The opposition has always been that gay marriage would do harm to one of society’s most fundamental social institutions. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Gays have not done any harm to the institution, heterosexuals have.
I don’t have time to lay out my thoughts on this issue, so for now, a link to Mr. Lynn’s piece will have to do.