GAY MARRIAGE….I agree with Atrios: gay marriage may not be the issue I would have picked to fight the 2004 election (although it’s close), but it’s going to be an issue anyway. So we ought to fight on the side of right.

But while I agree that our candidate should forthrightly come out against a constitutional amendment, the big question is how to frame this opposition. The last thing we need is to fan the flames of the culture war, and there ought to be a good way of doing the right thing but doing it in a way that calms people down and helps defuse the tension rather than making it worse.

I know we won’t convince everyone, but what’s the best way of convincing fence-sitters that gay marriage just isn’t that threatening? “Live and let live” is the idea I have in mind, but how best to say it? I’m not sure.

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