Charles Murray, the co-author of the
controversial, best-selling 1994 book The Bell Curve, said,
“What the hell,” and voted for Maryland's Question 6, which
upheld a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers.
“So I stared at MD's gay marriage
prop, greatly conflicted between strategic objections and gay friends
in loving relationships, and then said 'What the hell,' and voted
yes,” Murray said in a series of tweets. “The gay couples I know
behave as the Jonathan Rauch's of the world said they would. So I
The 69-year-old Murray, who currently
works as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a
conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., first gained fame with
the 1984 publication of Losing Ground: American Social Policy
1950-1980, in which he discusses the welfare system.
In The Bell Curve: Intelligence and
Class Structure in American Life, Murray and Harvard professor
Richard J. Herrnstein argue that intelligence is dividing American
society. The pair were accused of supporting scientific racism.
With passage of Question 6 the marriage
law takes effect on January 1.