Douwe Osinga's Blog: The Economist: The Case for Gay Marriage

Saturday, February 28, 2004

The Economist is my favorite magazine. I like their style, the humor and their optimism. The can write an article about the war in the Congo and still somehow point out that it all could turn out well. And they don't just write about economy. As a matter of fact, there is no other magazine with such an extensive and even coverage of world events (versus European or American events).

Of course I don't always agree with the economist. They are not so much more conservative than I am, as well more libertarian in the economic sense. They don't like social security and I tend to do. Sometimes this leads to a greater liking of the British Conservatives or the American Republicans than I feel comfortable with.

This weeks leader is about gay marriage. They come for it strongly and brilliantly, using the conservative pro-marriage arguments. Anybody having any lingering suspicion that the Economist is conservative should read it. ' marriage would damage an important social institution, according to Mr Bush. Yet the reverse is surely true [...] Allowing gays to marry would, if anything, add to social stability, for it would increase the number of married couples. The weakening of marriage has been heterosexuals' doing, not gays'

If Bush things marriage is good for society, because it stops immorality, then surely he should think we can't have enough of it. Any out of equality, liberaty and the persuit of happiness alone should of course be enought to allow gay marriage.