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

David Brooks Biography

Title:
New York Times Op-Ed Columnist
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Some conservatives may have latched onto biological determinism (men are savages who need women to tame them) as a convenient way to oppose gay marriage. But in fact we are not animals whose lives are bounded by our flesh and by our gender. We’re moral creatures with souls, endowed with the ability to make covenants, such as the one Ruth made with Naomi: ‘Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.’
The conservative course is not to banish gay people from making such commitments. It is to expect that they make such commitments. We shouldn’t just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage. We should regard it as scandalous that two people could claim to love each other and not want to sanctify their love with marriage and fidelity.”

“The Power of Marriage,” nytimes.com, Nov. 23, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times, 2003-present
  • Visiting Professor, Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, 2006
  • Former Senior Editor, Weekly Standard, 1995-2003
  • Op-Ed Editor, The Wall Street Journal, 1986-1995
  • Commentator, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, PBS
  • Commentator, All Things Considered, NPR
  • Former Contributing Editor, Newsweek
  • Former Contributing Editor, Atlantic Monthly,
  • Former Police Reporter, City News Bureau
Education:
  • BA, History, University of Chicago, 1983
  • High School Diploma, Radnor High School, 1979
Other:
  • Lives in Bethesda, MD
  • Born on Aug. 11, 1961 in Toronto, Canada
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?