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How my view on gay marriage changed

Published: Friday, June 22 2012 1:26 p.m. MDT

Our Take: David Blankenhorn, an advocate for traditional marriage who testified at California's Prop 8 trial, explains in a New York Times op-ed piece why he no longer opposes the legalization of gay marriage.

IN my 2007 book, The Future of Marriage, and in my 2010 court testimony concerning Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, I took a stand against gay marriage. But as a marriage advocate, the time has come for me to accept gay marriage and emphasize the good that it can do. Id like to explain why.

I opposed gay marriage believing that children have the right, insofar as society makes it possible, to know and to be cared for by the two parents who brought them into this world. I didnt just dream up this notion: the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which came into force in 1990, guarantees children this right.

Read more about David Blankenhorn's changing view on gay marriage on The New York Times.

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