David Frum: “I was wrong about same-sex marriage”

My opposite-sex wife sent me a link this morning to an opinion piece on the CNN website by journalist and former Bush speechwriter David Frum. Fourteen years after a lengthy debate with fellow conservative Andrew Sullivan on the issue of same-sex marriage, Frum is now compelled to argue that he was wrong to oppose it.

Why? “The short answer,” Frum says, “is that the case against same-sex marriage has been tested against reality. The case has not passed its test.”

Frum, it should be noted, is a rather free-thinking Republican. His unwillingness to toe the party line when he believes an opposing position to be more sensible has occasionally ruffled the feathers of both the traditional and more extreme branches of his party. His criticism of the party’s policy of non-negotiation on issues such as health care is a notable example.

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