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Ted Olson speaks on marriage equality to reason donors and staffers at Oyamel. Audience included Congressman Jared Polis, Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, (recently out) Reason Foundation president David Nott, Georgetown Law professor Randy Barnett, Reason editors Todd Krainin, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Preston Cornish, Cynthia Bell, Katherine Mangu Ward, Meredith Briggs. If you need more and better photos, Todd Krainin has them. — at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (Washington, D.C.)

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And the answer is yes.

But that doesn’t mean we need to have less freedom, because pot smokers might go on welfare, immigrants might get unemployment, and gays will demand affirmative action.

It means we need to scrap the welfare state, before every balkanized group starts consuming the retirement funds, medical attention, educational loan, and every other collectivized resources.

Does Faith = Hate?

Gay marriage and religious liberty are uneasy bedfellows.

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Molly Ball at The Atlantic
A shift among people of faith is moving public opinion — and changing gay Americans’ lives in profound ways.
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Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke, the first women to wed legally in Minnesota, are married by Rev. James Gertmenian on August 1. (Stacy Bengs/Associated Press)
For most gay Americans in the 20th century, the church was a place of pain. It cast them out and called them evil. It cleaved them from their families. It condemned their love and denied their souls. In 2004, a president was elected when religious voters surged from their pews to vote against the legal recognition of gay relationships. When it came to gay rights, religion was the enemy.
A decade later, the story is very different. Congregations across the country increasingly accept, nurture, and even marry their gay brethren. Polls show majorities of major Christian denominations — including American Catholics, despite their church’s staunch opposition — support legal gay marriage. Leaders of some of the most conservative sects, like the Southern Baptists, have moved away from the vitriolic rhetoric of yesteryear and toward a more compassionate tone. Mormons march in gay-pride parades. A sitting Republican senator, a Methodist from the heartland state of Ohio, says the question was settled for him by “the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God.” A new pope says, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Read the rest at The Atlantic Wire.

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Diana Hsieh
On Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Radio, I answered a question about the validity of gay marriage. It’s here: 


The question was: 

Is “gay marriage” a valid form of marriage? Many people oppose gay marriage on the grounds that marriage is essentially religious, that procreation is central to marriage, or “traditional marriage” should be respected. Should gay unions be considered a valid form of marriage, legally or socially? Might civil unions be an acceptable alternative?


My Answer, In Brief: The various quasi-secular arguments against gay marriage fail, badly. Gay marriage is a matter of rights, and people ought to support it. 


Again, you can listen to my answer, check out the links, and post comments here: 


A podcast of the full episode – where I answered questions on the validity of gay marriage, the is-ought gap, the aftermath of a friendship, mixing politics and romance, and more – is available here: Episode of 7 April 2013

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— Diana Hsieh (Ph.D, Philosophy) 
 
 

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On Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on replying to intrusive inquiries, changing minds on gay marriage, dealing with overzealous ideologues, buying from Chinese companies, and more. I thought that the question on changing minds on gay marriage might be of particular interest. That question is: 

How might social conservatives be convinced to support gay marriage? Rob Portman, a Republican Senator from Ohio, recently decided to openly support gay marriage after his son came out to him and his wife. What can be done to help other conservatives see gay marriage in a new light – as a matter of liberty and individual identity?


This episode of internet radio airs at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 31 March 2013, in our live studio. If you miss that live broadcast, you can always listen to the podcast later. 

To join the live broadcast and its chat, just point your browser to Philosophy in Action’s Live Studio a few minutes before the show is scheduled to start. By listening live, you can share your thoughts with other listeners and ask us follow-up questions in the text chat. 

If you miss the live broadcast, you’ll find the podcast from the episode posted in the archive: Radio Archive: Q&A: Protecting Privacy, Gay Marriage, Chinese Goods, and More. It will be posted on Monday morning, if not sooner. You can automatically download that and other podcasts by subscribing to Philosophy in Action’s Podcast RSS Feed:


I hope you join us on Sunday morning! 

Philosophy in Action Radio applies rational principles to the challenges of real life in live internet radio shows on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. For information on upcoming shows, visit the Episodes on Tap. For podcasts of past shows, visit the Show Archives.



— Diana Hsieh (Ph.D, Philosophy) 
    Philosophy in Action

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