Last updated on: 3/18/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

David Blankenhorn, MA Biography

Title:
Founder and President of Institute for American Values
Position:
Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I’m a liberal Democrat. And I do not favor same-sex marriage. Do those positions sound contradictory? To me, they fit together…

All our scholarly instruments seem to agree: For healthy development, what a child needs more than anything else is the mother and father who together made the child, who love the child and love each other…

Because I also believe with all my heart in the right of the child to the mother and father who made her, I believe that we as a society should seek to maintain and to strengthen the only human institution – marriage – that is specifically intended to safeguard that right and make it real for our children.

Legalized same-sex marriage almost certainly benefits those same-sex couples who choose to marry, as well as the children being raised in those homes. But changing the meaning of marriage to accommodate homosexual orientation further and perhaps definitively undermines for all of us the very thing – the gift, the birthright – that is marriage’s most distinctive contribution to human society. That’s a change that, in the final analysis, I cannot support.”

“Protecting Marriage to Protect Children,” Los Angeles Times, Sep. 19, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Institute for American Values, 1987-present
  • Witness, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 2010
  • Founding Chairman, National Fatherhood Initiative, 1994
  • Member, National Commission on America’s Urban Families, 1992
  • Former VISTA Volunteer
Education:
  • MA, Comparative Social History, University of Warwick, 1978
  • BA, magna cum laude, Social Studies, Harvard University, 1977
Other:
  • Lives in New York City, NY
  • Has three children
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?