Same-Sex Marriage is a Youth Issue
Generation X rejects the culture war still being fought by the Baby Boomers. We are much more conservative than the Woodstock hippies by embracing traditional Western institutions. But we are also much more inclusive than the Silent Majority by valuing diversity as our nation's great strength.
Legalize recognized how deeply marriage equality resonated with young Americans long before the liberals and the media discovered the issue. Polls showing 70% support from adults in their twenties only confirmed what we already knew from hitting the streets, parks, and beaches of New York.
Same-Sex Marriage is a Conservative Issue
Filing joint tax returns and receiving spousal insurance coverage, while important to everyday lives, do not justify extending marriage to same-sex couples. Focusing on inequality of benefits leads only to domestic partnerships and civil unions. These arguments often come across as the Left demanding yet another government entitlement program.
Marriage is society's most fundamental institution. It promotes healthier and happier lives and fulfills a critical role in supporting our communities. Marriage is the God-given Right of all Americans, gays and lesbians included.
There are hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian couples eager to embrace the institution of marriage. They want to celebrate their commitment with their friends and family, and often wish to sanctify their wedding vows in the eyes of God. They want to live the American dream. Why should conservatives stand in their way? We should be walking them down the aisle.
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