Most of my long time readers know that I volunteer for The Pink Pistols, a group that advocates gun ownership and self defense in the gay community. I do this for what I believe to be practical reasons. Itís important that help be extended to anyone who wants to learn how to safely and effectively use a firearm for their own defense, something of which the gay community seems to have a visceral hatred.
Those same readers also know that I advocate gay marriage, but for purely practical reasons. There are significant tangible benefits to marriage (taxes, insurance, loans, inheritance, division of property in case of divorce), and I fail to see why those same benefits canít be extended to same sex couples.
(As a side note, let me say that Iím not swayed by arguments which claim that full gay marriage is necessary for public acceptance. For example, I own firearms for my own defense and I teach others how to use theirs. As long as this isnít illegal I donít care one bit if anyone doesnít like me doing it.)
The reason why Iím mentioning this is due to this essay by Megan McArdle. (Quick follow up here.) She points out that there might very well be some serious unintended consequences if gay marriage becomes the law of the land. Iím not familiar with the examples she uses to reach her conclusions, so I canít comment on them until I do some research. But if sheís correct, then I certainly will re-examine my own position.