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Ryan Anderson Is Right's Effective Advocate of Traditional Marriage

By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 12:41 PM

Leading the conservative side of the gay marriage debate is a handsome key player whose arguments, while likely unpopular with his youthful generation, have been used by Justice Samuel Alito in framing his Supreme Court decisions, The Washington Post reported.

At 33, Ryan T. Anderson is a Princeton-educated spokesman for traditional marriage who has won praise from even gay activists for his skillful message and thoughtful tone, entering a hot social issue fray as he argues that "the Constitution does not require that marriage be 'redefined' to include same-sex couples," the Post said.

The Heritage Foundation scholar, who received a doctorate from Notre Dame in economic policy, has a view certain to rile the left: "Gays and lesbians undoubtedly have been discriminated against. But marriage is not part of that discrimination," he told the Post.

Anderson serves as the editor and founder of Public Discourse for The Witherspoon Institute, where he writes about marriage and faith. His position comes into sharper focus nationally as the Supreme Court begins historic oral arguments April 28 on the rights of states to ban same-sex marriages.

His key argument, the Post said, is "that government's interest in regulating marriage is to protect the offspring that come only from the male-female union, not to validate the desires of adults."

Gay rights activists say he's nice, but wrong.

"He's brought a level of sophistication and professionalism to their communications," Fred Sainz, a vice president at the Human Rights Campaign, told the Post. "He's a smart operative and a good hire for Heritage — but at the end of the day, he's on the wrong side of history."

His opponents, reported the Post, argue that his position "cherry picks social science," but Anderson has argued the broader issue is that states have the right to decide whether they support marriage equality or not.

On a radio show, Anderson shares his thinking, according to the Post: "We argue that marriage really exists to unite a man and a woman as husband and wife to then be mother and father to any children that that union creates."

Anderson adds: "This is based on anthropological truths that men and women are distinct and complementary. It's based on a biological fact that reproduction requires both a man and a woman. It's based on a social reality that children deserve a mom and a dad."

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Leading the conservative side of the gay marriage debate is Ryan Anderson, a skillful key player whose arguments, while likely unpopular with his youthful generation, have been used by Justice Samuel Alito in framing his Supreme Court decisions, The Washington Post reported.
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