(Centennial Fellow) Over 55% of Colorado adults support the concept of same sex marriage according to a new survey conducted by SmartVoice, Inc. The survey was conducted after Colorado governor John Hickenlooper signed Colorado Senate Bill 11 into law on March 21, 2013 permitting same sex civil unions.
The views about same sex marriage within the adult population in Colorado have changed considerably in the recent past. Proponents of same sex marriage in Colorado, although emboldened with changing popular opinion and a new civil unions law, still face a state constitutional provision that prohibits same sex marriage in Colorado. Continue reading
(Hilton Head, S.C.) Long ago in Boston a standard joke heard in Beacon Hill public houses was that politicians told their wives that they simply had to go to bars to escape reporters, while conversely reporters told their editors that they simply had to go to bars to find politicians.
Accordingly I felt myself to be participating in a Grand Tradition when I joined a politically connected friend in a local watering hole after a night of watching GOP Primary returns at a gathering of Beaufort County Republicans. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Much has been made of late over the issue of homosexual marriage, its embers stoked by the Colorado Legislatures affirmation of Civil Unions, and more recently by the U.S. Supreme Court’s tentative wading into the issue over a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Proponents of marriage redefinition have taxonomized the issue as being a civil right; a bit of terminological license, to be sure, but it seems to have had the desired effect, as public opinion appears to be gravitating rapidly in favor of such a social readjustment. Continue reading
(‘76 Contributor) Last month, world–renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and up–from–nothing African–American idol Ben Carson expressed his contrarian opinion that marriage is between a man and a woman and that no group could change this millennia–old social institution. Appalled medical students at Johns Hopkins University, allegedly a place of intellectual inquiry and diversity and “a forum for the free expression of ideas,” circulated a petition to remove Carson as commencement speaker. Continue reading
Rod Dreher, writing last week in The American Conservative, offers a grim assessment of where our country is headed in his piece “Sex After Christianity.” Full text of the article appears in this post. We have numbered the paragraphs for ease in locating the following key ideas, given in near–verbatim paraphrase. Continue reading