Conservative author Andrew Sullivan has
called the rejection of gay marriage among conservatives a “great
The 49-year-old Sullivan, who in 2007
married his husband Aaron Tone in Massachusetts, made his remarks in
a CNN interview.
“I think the great disappointment,
the great disappointment is that this is a really in some ways
conservative argument,” Sullivan told CNN's Fareed Zakaria. “This
is a minority group seeking responsibility, commitment, pooling
resources. If you're a couple and something happens to one of you,
you have someone else to take care of you, not the government.
There's a really powerful conservative case for this. And so many of
the Republican Party never grappled with it till it was too late.”
Sullivan also credited President George
W. Bush's endorsement of a federal marriage amendment for galvanizing
support for marriage equality.
“I think that George Bush by
endorsing the most unbelievably draconian … to actually write us
out of equality in the Constitution itself – just unprecedented
attack upon a minority – galvanized everybody around this issue.”
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