I enjoyed my recent conversation with Rusty Reno, the editor of First Things. We have some disagreements, but he’s a smart, engaging guy. A good deal of our conversation focused on gay marriage, which Rusty opposes. At the same time, yesterday on the First Things blog Rusty writes:
It’s possible, I think, to affirm same-sex marriage in terms of what marriage is: domestic partnership, the context for disciplining our sexual desires to serve the higher end of a permanent bond, monogamy as an intrinsic good. That’s a truncated version of the traditional view, but it’s a view.
I don’t want to make too much of this statement, since the post from which I’ve taken this excerpt is a forthright criticism of Ted Olson’s argument in favor of gay marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. And I don’t want to use my own words to describe or repeat the thesis that Rusty is here presenting. I only want, as one who favors gay marriage, to agree with him. I, too, think it’s possible to affirm same-sex marriage in the way that he describes.