OCALA, Fla., October 5, 2014 — With each passing month, legal same-sex marriage becomes more of an inevitability across some areas of the country, and downright old news within others.
Despite the now-widespread acceptance of same-sex marriage, no shortage of people remain adamantly opposed to the concept. For a great deal, it might be difficult to imagine that as late as the 1970s, socially libertine strongholds such as Boulder, Colorado overwhelmingly rejected non-traditional marriage. During the next decade, voters in San Francisco opposed measures to support same-sex partnerships.
Until the 1990s, it was forbidden to simply be homosexual if one joined the U.S. Military. Engaging in a romantic relationship with another of the same sex could easily have resulted in a limited career throughout white collar America just ten years ago.
Contemporary pundits who support same-sex marriage would chalk all of this up to bigotry and ignorance on a massive scale. While this undeniably is true for some detractors of gay rights, the situation is far more complex across the board.
The most important question is probably as follows: Has the legality of same-sex marriage been a productive development for American society?
Fred Karger would say so. He is career political operative who rose to prominence by consulting the campaigns of such notables as Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bob Dole. His most famous cause, though, is not for a single politician but for marriage equality.
Karger brought much attention to the matter when he ran for the GOP’s presidential nomination during the 2012 primaries. In doing so, he became America’s first openly gay candidate for the presidency.
Dr. Paul Gottfried has very different views. The recently retired Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Lancaster’s Elizabethtown College is an outspoken paleoconservative. His observations of the human condition have generated both accolades and animosity. Having befriended such figures as Richard Nixon and Herbert Marcuse, the Doctor’s views are not always easy to pin down. Perhaps the only constant is that he calls the shots as he sees them — with no apology.
Host Joseph Cotto welcomes both men, and both sides of the discussion on the next episode of Cotto & Company; a new thirty-minute-or-so online radio program featuring independent voices who shape our society. Regardless of partisan registration, political philosophy, or personal worldview, the goal is sharing diverse, and often innovative, ideas that we all can learn from.
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