Talking about marriage: a new conversation?

Couple_01On January 29, the Institute for American Values announced a New Marriage Conversation. The conversation was intended to address the “hollowing out of marriage in mainstream America” by bringing “together gays and lesbians who want to strengthen marriage with straight people who want to do the same. The new conversation does not presuppose or require agreement on gay marriage, but it does ask a new question. The current question is, Should gays marry? The new question is, Who among us, gay or straight, wants to strengthen marriage?” This approach was needed because currently “the nation’s attention is riveted by a debate about whether a small proportion of our fellow citizens (gays and lesbians) should be allowed to marry.”

If the discussion going on at the Family Scholars blog sponsored by IAV is any indication, since then, the new marriage conversation resembles the old.

From the first post of January 29 to April 8, of the 161 posts on marriage, 95 involve gay marriage, only three in opposition (the chart also includes the number of posts on other topics).

Family Scholar Posts

Date

Gay Marriage

Marriage

Other

1/29-1/30

5

0

2

1/31-2/4

8

7

5

2/5-2/13

9

6

5

2/13-2/17

6

8

6

2/17-2/21

7

6

7

2/21-2/25

7

4

10

2/25-3/3

6

4

10

3/3-3/8

10

5

5

3/8-3/13

9

4

7

3/13-3/21

6

3

10

3/21-3/27

8

10

2

3/27-4/8

14

5

2

Total

95

66

68

 

Many who support a “new conversation” clearly are acting in good faith, but this piece of anecdotal evidence suggests that the promise of getting beyond the old discussion is going to be harder than proponents believe.

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