David Blankenhorn, a traditional-marriage advocate and star witness in the Proposition 8 trial in California in 2010, shocked his allies with an Op-Ed article in The New York Times last June announcing that he was quitting the fight against same-sex marriage. ...So why did he change his mind? He explains in this interview that it was all about wanting to be on the liberal side of what some people perceive as a civil rights issue:
On Thursday, Mr. Blankenhorn’s research group, the Institute for American Values in New York, plans to issue “A Call for a New Conversation on Marriage,” a tract renouncing the culture war that he was once part of, in favor of a different pro-marriage agenda. The proposed conversation will try to bring together gay men and lesbians who want to strengthen marriage with heterosexuals who want to do the same.
I just couldn't bear to be on the wrong side of that argument, even if I thought that there were some good reasons that I had. So that was the main thing. And then the other thing, that as you say with your generation, this is not even a very controversial issue anymore. And so I thought -- do I really want to spend the rest of my life on this big argument I am involved in? [at 15:00]