I like Dick Cheney. I think he's an asset to our nation, and a man to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.
Generally speaking, I agree with his stances on various issues.
And on gay marriage, he has a reasonably consistent position: people should be free to marry whom they choose, and the several States should decide for themselves what they will allow.
But the trouble is this: marriage is not about freedom or liberty, it's about a government sanction of a binding relationship. It's a special contract, with centuries of legal precedent governing it. I say that not to make an appeal to tradition, but rather to say we should tread lightly in these matters, until all of the ramifications are clear.
Extending marriage, or even civil unions, to same-sex couples means giving a societal stamp of approval on their relationship.
And I don't think that's a good idea. I have a variety of reasons for thinking it's not a good idea, about which others may disagree.
So while I agree with Mr. Cheney that people should be allowed to do what they will, they should not demand that I approve their decision.
Is my position consistent? Sure. Do what you will, but don't ask my blessing.
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