CATO has audio (with or without video) from a policy forum they hosted yesterday on same-sex marriage. I was going to try to provide an outline of each speaker's arguments, but I would rather have people if they are interested just watch/listen to the forum directly. I will only give a very brief introduction to the speakers here. I also plan on commenting seperately, as I find the time, on a few particular issues that were raised at the forum.
The first speaker was Jonathan Rauch, author of Gay Marriage : Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America. I've mentioned that book and Rauch's arguments a number of times on these pages, most notably here. His position is gay marriage would help gay couples, their children, the rest of society, and restore the institution of marriage itself.
Michael Greve is the director of the American Enterprise Institute's Federalism Project. He explains is position well in this paper published last March. His main concern is that the courts will strike down DOMA, or at least a state's mini-DOMA. Thus he is pushing for a federal amendment that would (1) establish that there is no federal right to same-sex marriage, and (2) leave it to each state to decide issues pertaining to same-sex marriage.
Genevieve Wood is the chief spokesperson for the Family Research Council. She supports the Musgrave Amendment that would ban same-sex marriage throughout the United States. The FRC has also said that an amendment also needs to ban the recognition of civil unions at any governmental level. I'm gathering that they believe, as I do, that the Musgrave Amendment would indeed accomplish that.
As noted, I will try to comment on a few particulars over the coming days. I did want to provide one quote from Rauch now, though, because it relates to something I wrote on Sunday. During the Q&A portion of the forum Rauch noted that he had gotten that morning an e-mail from somebody saying that gay marriage was a part of the "me generation", that it was selfishly putting the needs of two people before the needs of society. Rauch responded that anyone making such a contention should read the marriage vows. He said:
[It] is the most noble and the least selfish promise two people can possibly make. Gay marriage is the end of the gay liberation agenda. It is the start--and really the culmination--of the gay responsibility agenda.