Wow. This is one of the most coherent, logical, and forthright treatments of the tricky questions of various gay marriage policies, and I really appreciate the grace and honesty with which he speaks. Take a look at some highlights:
Here is more of the discussion from one of the questioners in that clip:
I think it’s interesting how Anderson is able to focus on applying logic to a principle without attacking or ridiculing. Even when questioners keep trying to reframe their questions to escape the logic, he keeps coming back to the core principle at stake. When you avoid the core principles, the situation becomes very much a slippery slope, and most people can easily see that. That’s why there aren’t any good responses to his arguments. After all, when you’re talking about “rights,” a whole lot of people don’t seem to understand what a “right” is – something that can be protected and upheld for all people without infringing upon anyone else’s rights. Preferences and wishes aren’t rights. Contrary to what a lot of people think, there is no right to health care, there is no right to gay marriage, there is no right to free education, there is no right to a high-paying job, and on and on and on. Too many people talk about too many “rights” that are really nothing more than their own personal desires. But, when we dig down to actual “rights” and core principles, things suddenly become harder to defend for those folks, and Anderson seems to be adept at showing that in a way that isn’t offensive.
I think that the issue of gay marriage is only going to become more pronounced and prominent in the coming years, and I think Anderson is a great example of how our responses should look.
I haven’t yet watched all of the full speech or Q&A section, but I will definitely make time for it in the coming days. I think it’ll be worth my time, and yours. If my opinion changes after watching more of this event, I’ll be sure to post a follow-up.
There’s my two cents.