Our call for a new conversation on marriage envisons a new pro-marriage coalition: social and religious conservatives who are pro-family enough to break bread with gays and lesbians who are also pro-family; liberals who passionately support marriage even when the word “gay” is not in front of it; and gays and lesbians who are not only fighting for the right to marry but who also want to help to strengthen the institution.
So far, out of 315 million Americans, not everyone has signed on. But we’re working on it!
In New York and around the country, I’m hosting a series of conversations on this topic. This Wednesday, April 3, I’m taking to Peter Steinfels and our own Amy Ziettlow on “Will Liberals Help to Save Marriage?”
Along those lines, Jonathan Rauch and I have an article in today’s New York Daily News that asks the same question:
Can liberal values today help to renew American marriage for everyone who seeks it? Can liberal leaders and voters turn their gay marriage campaign into a campaign for marriage itself? We hope so. In fact, we believe so.
We see the makings of a new pro-family coalition: one that builds from the center out, instead of from the right in; one that liberals can wholeheartedly help to lead as part and parcel of their commitment to equality and inclusion; one that changes “family values” from a wedge issue into a common cause.
What do you think?