I know that we could believe it's a joke of Blankenhorn, founder of the Institute for American Values and opponent, until now, to gay marriage and yet, Friday, he told The New York Times his support for the legalization of marriage equality:
"In my 2007 book, "The Future of Marriage," and in my 2010 court testimony concerning Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, I took a stand against gay marriage. But as a marriage advocate, the time has come for me to accept gay marriage and emphasize the good that it can do. I’d like to explain why."
Despite some reservations about gay relationships, he thinks under the law these relationships should be afforded equal dignity:
"For me, the most important is the equal dignity of homosexual love. I don’t believe that opposite-sex and same-sex relationships are the same, but I do believe, with growing numbers of Americans, that the time for denigrating or stigmatizing same-sex relationships is over. Whatever one’s definition of marriage, legally recognizing gay and lesbian couples and their children is a victory for basic fairness.
Another good thing is comity. Surely we must live together with some degree of mutual acceptance, even if doing so involves compromise. Sticking to one’s position no matter what can be a virtue. But bending the knee a bit, in the name of comity, is not always the same as weakness. As I look at what our society needs most today, I have no stomach for what we often too glibly call "culture wars." Especially on this issue, I’m more interested in conciliation than in further fighting."
He surprisingly continues admitting outright that much of the opposition to gay relationships isn’t based on the things others have suggested (respect for tradition or religion):
"And to my deep regret, much of the opposition to gay marriage seems to stem, at least in part, from an underlying anti-gay animus. To me, a Southerner by birth whose formative moral experience was the civil rights movement, this fact is profoundly disturbing."
CityWatchLA reports that Blankenhorn says that he wants to move forward and work together to build coalitions with gays and straights alike to strengthen marriage.