“Gay people are not vessels for votes.”
– Nick Herbert, British MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Conservative Party.
Today, at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., conservative British author and editor, and blogger at The Atlantic, Andrew Sullivan, debated National Organization for Marriage (NOM) President Maggie Gallagher. British MP Nick Herbert gave an incredible introduction and set the stage.
The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank which claims to exist “to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and peace.”
Herbert made so many great points. This audio misses the first few minutes of his speech (apologies!) Herbert ends just before 16 minutes, and leaves you with this:
“Let us be clear about the kind of society we want to build. One where a child can go to school without being bullied because of his or her sexuality, where people can be honest with their friends and families and not live a lie…where a public declaration of life-long commitment to another person can be made by anyone…where the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom or the president of the United States could just as easily be gay, as black.”
It’s important to me to note the following. I believe true conservatives have a great deal of good in their minds and hearts. I also believe that the world they live in is not real. To be totally honest, in my youth I probably was a libertarian, without realizing it. But when I grew up, and lived in the real world, I saw what the world was doing to people — poor people, gay people, minorities, etc., and knew that it took laws and strong leadership to create a world that protects us from those who would do us harm.
I hope you’ll listen to the complete audio. It’s about an hour and a half, and worth every minute. There’s a bit of a smack-down towards the end, between Andrew Sullivan and Maggie Gallagher.
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