Arguing About Gay Marriage

The general structure of Aldo Raines’s argument in this Twitter discussion sparked by my column The case for gay marriage is made in the freedom of religion” is worth noting: instead of arguing against legalizing gay marriage, he asserts a strong correlation between support for gay marriage and other beliefs he disagrees with. I don’t think that works, logically. Not only are the posited correlations far from perfect, but it is very easy for someone to be right about some of herhis beliefs and wrong about others. 

Aldo’s presumption that I am gay happens to be false, but is slightly more relevant, since it goes to whether my feelings in this matter are affected by direct personal consequences of the legalization of gay marriage. Fortunately, contrary to Aldo’s supposition, support for gay marriage these days goes far beyond those who are themselves gay.