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    Nicholas Kristof had, yet again, a fantastic and thoughtful piece, this time on how conservatives and liberals differ. (Apparently we like smart dogs and dislike hand sanitizer.   Not kidding). In it he mentions the conservative moral value of sanctity.  He also mentions that liberals don't understand conservative thinking so well typically.  

    With that lens, I think this is a sanctity issue.  Here the sacred totem is the concept of marriage (rather than any marriages in the real world). If I understand it, the objection is that marriage as an idea is sacred and therefore if you alter it in anyway that is sacriligeous.   Think of conservatives as being much like people rioting over burning korans.  Here it isn't literal damage to any persona marriage it is damage to a concept

    Or put shorter, conservatives fetishizes existing social structures. Therefore change, and change, is bad.  

    Getting back to Kristof (I love that man.) he points out that liberals are often more novelty seeking and more comfortable with change or newness.  Thus change in society is comfortable.  Couple that with a desire to see justice and fairness and freedom and we have a solid recipe for a gay rights movement.

    Anyway, having tried to figure out just what the hell they are on about that's what I have come up with as an understanding.

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