Journalist Andrew Sullivan was discovered in 2001 anonymously soliciting partners on homosexual websites. Thus, it might seem odd that Sullivan, who is HIV-positive, now champions marriage. He has not mainstreamed orthodoxy into his lifestyle, however, but is crusading for “gay marriage,” an absurdity that is no laughing matter.
Sullivan’s mission is not impossible. While 37 states have passed laws declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman—Alaska’s, Hawaii’s, Nebraska’s, and Nevada’s defense-of-marriage acts are state-constitutional amendments—the 13 remaining states that do not have such protections on their books risk being forced by the courts to recognize Vermont’s “civil unions” or California’s “domestic partnerships.” What is surprising about Sullivan’s crusade is that he has been given a soapbox in corners of the supposedly conservative press.
After September 11, the former editor of the New Republic jumped aboard the War Party bandwagon and was welcomed by neoconservatives and establishment Republicans who prefer the “War on Terror” to the culture war and desire a diverse coalition of the willing. Indeed, his desktop militarism is so hard-core that he is often identified as conservative, which shows how far the label has drifted from its moorings.