For me, I think practically (although I am ingnoring the principle business) conservatives should support gay marriage. The union of a same sex couple represents perhaps a more acceptable version of homosexuality for the American right. Not giving people marriage rights doesn't prevent gays from participating in gay activities, but government sanctioned marriages encourages gays to live a more settled lifestyle.
I find this all extremely interesting as a gay man and fan of gay histroy myself. Over 30 years ago, the gay movement would have nothing to do with marriages. Instead, it was more heavily involved in the free love type thing, where communities of people--friends--would often reject not only hetrosexuality but also monogamy and many other "freedom restricting" activities. However, over time gay culture started to assimilate more to str8 culture. In addition, I think the AIDS epedemic dramatically changed they gay perspective, and really encouraged people to settle down.
I like free love and everything, but for me this new focus of equal rights and marriage is encouraging. Not that there is anything wrong with sex, but it is nice to see the gay community really ban together to fight for something beyond the right to sleep with eachother. Being gay is more than sex, it is about the special types of connections we have for eachother. For me, even if you are against what gays do, marriages allow gays to be in more valuable and moral relationships with one another. I guess some people see gay marriages as destroying an institution, but for a population that is known for is sexual promescuity, how can anyone reject something the encourages a deeper connection?
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