Last updated on: 3/17/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Andrew Sullivan, PhD Biography

Title:
Author of The Daily Dish
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The truth is I’m not at all indifferent to the fate of marriage as a whole, but I cannot for the life of me see what terrible damage same-sex marriage would actually do to it. Would it accelerate divorce rates? I cannot see how. The only country with anything like comparable legal protections for gay couples, Denmark, has actually seen lower divorce rates among same-sex couples than among heterosexual ones. In many ways, I think, the inclusion of more people into the institution might actually have the opposite effect, sending a message about matrimonial responsibility and mutual caring to the entire society, rather than to merely 97 percent of it. Would it harm children? Why on earth should it? Are the kids of a heterosexual family going to be harmed by meeting other kids who are the legitimate children of a gay couple down the street?…

Here are a few of the advantages of same-sex marriage for the society as a whole that I have laboriously spelled out: lower rates of promiscuity among gay men, more stable homes for the children of gay parents, less trauma in families with gay offspring, lower rates of disease transmission, more independent and self-reliant members of society, etc., etc. These aren’t appeals to sympathy; they’re arguments that same-sex marriage would be good for all of us – and for conservative reasons to boot.”

“Gay Marriage,” slate.com, Apr. 4, 1997

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to gay marriage. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to gay marriage.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Author, The Daily Dish, 2000-present
  • Writer, New York Times Magazine, 1998-2002
  • Recipient, Editor of the Year, Adweek, 1996
  • Editor, The New Republic, 1991-1996
  • Freelance Writer, Telegraph, 1990
  • Freelance Writer, Esquire, 1990
  • Intern and Writer, The New Republic, 1986-1991
Education:
  • PhD, Government, Harvard University, 1989
  • MPA, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1986
  • BA, Modern History and Modern Languages, Magdalen College, Oxford
Other:
  • Married Aaron Tone in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Aug. 27, 2007
  • Born August 1963 in South Godstone, England
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?