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Why Conservatives Don't Understand Marriage

The conservative argument for marriage has it exactly wrong.

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"Traditional marriage" has never really existed: marriage has always been an evolving institution, from an economic unit in which women were bought and sold, to Leave it to Beaver, to Adam and Steve. In that tradition of constant change, this isn't a "traditional" suggestion. If conservative commentators actually want stability for children, economic prosperity, and happier families, I invite them to get on board for the well-being of all Americans, whether or not they have, or want, a wedding ring.


Jill Filipovic is a regular columnist for the Guardian's Comment is free and a blogger at Feministe. She holds a JD and BA from New York University.


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