Maggie Gallagher: Being Pro-Straight Is Different From Being Anti-Gay

Maggie Gallagher, former frontwoman for the National Organization for Marriage, penned a short post Tuesday at the National Review noting that moral approval for both gay sex and unwed childbearing has increased in recent polling. She attributes the correlation to a change in societal attitudes, highlighting that the “Christian views of sex” that have been offered by Chris Broussard and Ben Carson are now considered “scandalous.” She then asserts that people should find ways to be pro-straight without being anti-gay:

I personally still cherish the hope that we can as a society eliminate cruel homophobia without jettisoning heteronormativity — which is the need for social norms and institutions to be oriented strongly around the problem and the blessing that sex between men and women makes babies.

But so far, the disconnect between sex, marriage, and babies proceeds rapidly apace.

There are two problems with Gallagher’s argument. At a basic level, it’s logically impossible to say that heterosexuality is better — or should be the norm — compared to homosexuality without simultaneously stating that homosexuality is worse — or abnormal. Either all people are equal in society or they are not; she cannot have her straights-only wedding cake and eat it stigma-free.

More importantly, the two examples she cites are people with particularly anti-gay attitudes. Broussard said live on ESPN that gay people are “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” then proceeded to not apologize for it. Ben Carson, speaking live on Fox News, compared homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality, then doubled down on it, then only later apologized for his “poorly chosen words.” If Gallagher truly wants to “eliminate cruel homophobia,” perhaps she could start by not defending it.