Conservatives and Gay Marriage

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

Keith Humphreys is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. He served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2009 to 2010.