Monday, June 27, 2011

Frum Says He Was Wrong

The phrase "axis of evil" referred to Iran, Iraq and North Korea. It never referred to Greenwich Village.

But the coiner of the phrase, conservative author and speechwriter David Frum, was no fan of gay nuptials, either. In today's installment of his weekly column, Frum wrote that he was "a strong opponent of same-sex marriage," and recalled debating the subject with gay journalist Andrew Sullivan 14 years ago.

A lot can happen in 14 years. A lot HAS happened in 14 years. Frum wrote "the case against same-sex marriage has been tested against reality. The case has not passed its test."

He noted, "If people like me had been right, we should have seen the American family become radically more unstable."

No axis of evil here. Not even a fulcrum of family failure.

So Frum isn't fretting over New York's bold marriage move. Instead he's fretting over the high number of unmarried Hispanic women giving birth. "Whatever is driving this negative trend, it seems more than implausible to connect it to same-sex marriage. How would it even work that a 15-year-old girl in Van Nuys, California, becomes more likely to have a baby because two men in Des Moines, Iowa, can marry?

"Maybe somebody can believe the connection, but I cannot."

Even he can't connect these dots. In 14 years his views—and sense of geometry—have changed.