The liberal case against Gay Marriage by Susan M. Shell
It is refreshing to read a left-leaning argument against gay marriage. Democrats should stand against gay marriage, as should Liberals. There are many Liberals against Gay Marriage who have been cowed into silence by the interest group politics and group-think. It is politically incorrect to speak out against gay rights. In addition, the radical left has done a horrible dis-service to honest debate by portraying the real opponents to gay rights as (only) the extreme right wing. Since most reasonable people don't want to be associated with them, it is easier to be quiet, and accept "modest" and "moderate" progressiveness.
Susan Shell shatters that idea. There is a credible case to be made against gay marriage from the Left. She does a good job.
Where I disagree is that she accepts the notion of Gay Rights itself. Shell believes that a "liberal" can't be against gay rights. They can be against gay marriage though.
While obviously I agree with the latter, the former is nonsense.
As Democrats, and liberals we make judgements everyday about people, situations, etc. And no it is not only to protect society or the weak.
-the way people smell.
-the way people dress.
-the food people eat.
-acceptable good manners.
...and so on.
People are entitled to have an opinion to dislike a given sexual activity or relationship. Shell seems to admit this (sort of) when she talks about liberals being illiberal if they demanded that society abandon all distinctions between marriage and other unions.
I take it one step further. Liberals can be against gay rights. Just like Liberals are against Incest. Just like Liberals are against eating horses. Just like Liberals are against many other things.
But again we must highlight those on the left who make an honest case supporting traditional marriage.