The following op-ed by David Blankenhorn in the New York Times addresses his volte-face on the issue of gay marriage. Here is a soundbite:
With each passing year, we see higher and higher levels of unwed childbearing, nonmarital cohabitation and family fragmentation among heterosexuals. Perhaps some of this can be attributed to the reconceptualization of marriage as a private ordering that is so central to the idea of gay marriage. But either way, if fighting gay marriage was going to help marriage over all, I think we’d have seen some signs of it by now.
Your favorite blog agents, Adam and Vincent will address this insanity in a live-blog series of Q’s and A’s and we will take comments from the audience!
ADAM: Given that heterosexuals are experiencing “fragmentation” the obvious issue is the meaning of “private ordering.” I would like to focus on what is meant here by private ordering, that is, cheekily maybe, the private parts of the unity of marriage?
VINCENT: I’m sorry Adam, but my response became too long, let’s continue in separate, consecutive posts Here’s my answer.