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This dicussion about marriage was disturbing. Because Blankenthorn had once defended marriage, he was displayed as the "other side" in the debate. Yet, as both ultimately have decided marriage as Western civilization knows has got to "go", they really are stating the same side from different starting points. The mutally adoring attiutude about their "englightened" understanding of what the conversation on "gay marriage" must look like, was insulting to all who disagree. In fact, the very idea of disagreeing with them was placed in the category of narrow-mindedness and intolerance. Blankenthorn does by no means represent the thoughtful, clearly-reasoned traditional marriage advocates. An institution as essential to Western Civilization as marriage between a man and woman deserves a real discussion with a Catholic intellectual who does not change his position based on the fact that the other side is nice.