As I discuss in my CNN column, New York’s just-passed same-sex marriage law has been received with equanimity by the same conservatives who just a decade or so ago would have ardently opposed such a measure. I should know: I used to be among the naysayers.
I was a strong opponent of same-sex marriage. Fourteen years ago, Andrew Sullivan and I forcefully debated the issue at length online (at a time when online debate was a brand new thing).
Yet I find myself strangely untroubled by New York state’s vote to authorize same-sex marriage — a vote that probably signals that most of “blue” states will follow within the next 10 years.
I don’t think I’m alone in my reaction either. Most conservatives have reacted with calm — if not outright approval — to New York’s dramatic decision.
The short answer is that the case against same-sex marriage has been tested against reality. The case has not passed its test.
Since 1997, same-sex marriage has moved from theory to reality.
If people like me had been right, we should have seen the American family become radically more unstable over the subsequent decade and a half.