The RP’s Weekly Web Gems: The Politics of Love

The Politics of Love

Two stories in the New York Times this week about same-sex marriage. In the first, Tea Party-friendly, libertarian rich GOP types in New York are putting their substantial resources into the pro-same-sex marriage camp because they see it as both an economic development issue and a “don’t tread on me” small government issue. Will these arguments find traction in what is essentially a fundamental question of the civil rights of individuals in the United States? New York Times

But does this economic development argument help or hinder the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage? In an Op/Ed piece by Jaye Cee Whitehead following the initial publication of the GOP story in the NYTs, Whitehead argues that “supporting gay marriage on economic grounds dehumanizes same-sex couples by conflating civil rights with economic perks.” The Wrong Reasons for Same-Sex Marriage 

This is an argument that will continue to grow in the struggle for the legalization of a fundamental human right. What say you, dear readers?

And finally, while Phoenix Suns President & CEO Rick Welts may have taken most of the headlines this week by revealing he’s gay, another, smaller story came out of two unlikely heroes out to combat homophobia in sports.

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