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Blankenhorn speaks out against Minnesota marriage ban

Timothy Kincaid

October 19th, 2012

In 2010, David Blankenhorn was the chief (virtually only) witness for Proposition 8. This proved to be an unwise choice for two reasons: Blankenhorn was not qualified to testify on much of the matter to which he was the assigned witness, and Blankenhorn is a decent man who isn’t anti-gay and thus was susceptible to reasoned and well-articulated argument in favor of equality. So much so, in fact, that he now supports including gay and lesbian couples fully into the fabric of society.

Here he is on Minnesota’s proposed constitutional ban on equality:

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Manheart
October 21st, 2012 | LINK

powerful. if there is a god, his grace now shows in this man.

Robert
October 21st, 2012 | LINK

This man was not and is not a “decent man”. A decent man doesn’t lend his name or his work to anti-equality. From everything out there the only reason he seemed to “change his mind” was because he got his ass handed to him in the 8 trial. Just like your praise of Melhman, I don’t get it. You praise people who have spent years and years plotting against us, and then when they have a sudden reversal all their ills seem to be forgotten.

Shameless.

Jay
October 21st, 2012 | LINK

I remember a wonderful article from glbtq.com from a few years back. It is called “Confessions of a Blog Addict” and focuses on getrelgion.org and Blankenhorn’s site familyscholars.org. Here is the url: http://www.glbtq.com/sfeatures/confessionsofablog

The sections on “The Sad Case of David Blankenhorn” and on his blog are wonderful. Blankenhorn is obviously a great narcissist. He spun his participation in the Prop 8 case as an example of how brave he was and how cowardly other “family scholars” were for not stepping forward to tell the truth about how destructive gay marriage would be to the institution of marriage. But he has never been able to explain how that would work.

He got so bent out of shape by Frank Rich’s columns in which he said (implied really) that Blankenhorn was a bigot that he got 13 of his colleagues to sign a letter saying that he really was not a bigot. As “Anonymous,” the author of the glbtq.com article, said, Having Maggie Gallagher say that you are not a bigot, is like asking Bernie Madoff to say you are no crook.

Anyway, I am glad that Blankenhorn continues to “evolve,” but I suspect it is simply because his position has become untenable. You cannot say that you have no animus against gay people, but you don’t want them to have equal rights. You can’t say that you are a proponent of marriage, but spend all your time trying to prevent people from getting married.

Steven B
October 21st, 2012 | LINK

I like how he frames the issue, not being about fairness, but about the need for society to come together and accept gay people and their families as having a place in this “shared space.”

Robert
October 22nd, 2012 | LINK

I also find it suspect that the author of this piece praises a man who spent years and years actually damaging the LGBT comunitty, but pillories a woman for signing ONE petition. Calls the man “decent” after all his lies, slander and bad faith and demands the head of the black lady…

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