Conservatives Can’t Be Pro-Marriage and Oppose Gay Marriage

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by Melanie Bailey,

from The Huffington Post,

More bad news for marriage and families this week. A new study was released showing that 33 percent of children are now being raised by either a single parent or unmarried parents, compared to 1960 when the figure was less than 10 percent.

“The decline of marriage is wreaking havoc on our country,” a spokesman from the non-profit group, “Family First,” told Fox News.

As a Christian conservative, I entirely agree, and we must do everything possible to promote marriage and reverse the trend. But it’s time to call out the hypocrisy of the right: It doesn’t make sense to be pro-marriage and pro-family while opposing gay marriage and gay families. The positions are entirely inconsistent.

In fact, I’ll go a step further. Any ideology fixated on preserving marriage and the nuclear family should be proactively encouraging as many couples to marry as possible, including gay couples.

The problem is, every major conservative pro-marriage organization in America continues to oppose gay marriage.

Focus on the Family, for example, evidently does not appear to see the contradiction.

“Family is the fundamental building block of all human civilizations, and marriage is the foundation of the family. The institution of marriage is unquestionably good for individuals and society, and the health of our culture is intimately linked to the health and well-being of marriage,” the organization says on its website.

In the same post, the group continues, “Battered by high rates of divorce and cohabitation, unwed child-bearing and the push for so-called same-sex ‘marriage’ and civil unions, marriage is in a state of crisis.”

This group does not even attempt to explain how gay marriage tangibly undermines traditional marriage arrangements, and no conservative I’ve asked has been able to give me a satisfactory answer.

Why would traditional marriages be devalued or under threat if homosexuals gets married? If anything, the advance of gay marriages only serves to bolster society’s value for the institution.

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