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

Maggie Gallagher Biography

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

“Marriage has its own dignity and purpose and its own mission: bringing together male and female so that children can know and be known by, love and be loved by, their own mother and father. Same-sex marriage is unjust because it is founded on an untruth. Same-sex unions are not marriages…
Only a fairly small minority of same-sex couples actually enter marriages where they are available. What gay marriage will do and is doing is disconnect marriage as an idea from its natural roots, and increasingly stigmatize the people (and institutions) who adhere strongly to our traditional views of marriage…

Same-sex marriage is profoundly unjust because it misuses the law to require something that is not true: these unions, however great they are in other ways, are not marriages and nobody should be required by law to treat them as marriages.”

“Issue Clash: Gay Marriage,” pbs.org, May 22, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, 2003-present
  • President, National Organization for Marriage, 2007-2010
  • Syndicated Columnist, Universal Press Syndicate, 1995-present
  • Member, Party of the Right, Yale Political Union, 1982
Education:
  • BA, Religious Studies, Yale University, 1982
  • High School Diploma, Lakeridge High School
Other:
  • Was a single mother prior to marrying Raman Srivastav in 1993
  • Born Sep. 14, 1960 in Lake Oswego, Oregon
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?