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August 22, 2004

Now We Need an Opposite Experiment

Spain is apparently volunteering to be (another) experiment in liberal government:

Spain's new government is pressing an ambitious social reform agenda that would put the historically conservative Catholic country on par with the most liberal nations in Europe. ...

The agenda appears to have the support of the public. A Gallup poll found more than half of Spaniards support same-sex marriage and think homosexuals should be allowed to adopt children. Two-thirds of the Spanish public support legalizing same-sex marriage, for instance, according to polls. Although the Socialists do not hold a majority in the parliament, most of the proposed laws are widely expected to pass because of support from other left-leaning parties.

I vote that the United States not pass any further liberal reforms until Spain has had a couple of decades to ferment.

Posted by Justin Katz at August 22, 2004 3:36 PM
Liberalism vs. Conservatism

I have heard good arguments for SSM, even if I may not find them convincing. I have not heard any good arguments against 'containment'---by which I mean, prohibiting any further expansion of SSM until we have had a generation to see what the effects are in the countries that have already implemented it. And it will take no less than a full generation to see what they are. Can anyone argue against containment of SSM without essentially arguing that a claim of 'rights' always trumps any argument based on tradition or on an acknowledgement of uncertainty?

Posted by: R.K. Becker at August 23, 2004 1:05 AM