Friday, October 06, 2006

Parents, We're in this Together

Parenthood has a way of uniting us. This from E.J. Dionne, Jr. at Working for Change:

And, by the way, isn't it strange that politicians who expressed moral objections to the desire of adult gays and lesbians to marry seemed to take the Foley matter so lightly when it first came to their attention? Where is the morality here?

I would ask my friends who are Christian conservatives to think about this. But I'd also ask my liberal friends to be more willing to come out as family-oriented people. Gay marriage is not the greatest threat to the heterosexual family. Misbehavior and irresponsibility by married heterosexuals do far more damage to families and children. Liberals should be unafraid to embrace the language of personal responsibility. In my experience, there's not a dime's worth of difference between my morally conservative friends and neighbors and me in our attitudes toward the obligations of parenthood.

1 Swings of the bat:

Scott D. Feldstein said...

But there's ten dollar's worth of difference in our estimation of how much the government needs to interfere in such matters. Liberals tend to think personal matters are best left to the persons involved and that we should refrain from legislating on such things unless there is a compelling interest of the community at large. Social conservatives see such "compelling interests" at the drop of a hat.