Michael Barone - Townhall.com
February 16, 2018
In a 1989 article in New Republic, Andrew Sullivan made what he called "a (conservative) case for gay marriage." Today same-sex marriage is legal everywhere in America, supported by majorities of voters and accepted as a part of American life.
Now Sullivan has cast his gaze on what he regards as a disturbing aspect of American life -- the extension of speech suppression and "identity politics" from colleges and universities into the larger society. The hothouse plants of campus mores have become invasive species undermining and crowding out the beneficent flora of the larger free democratic society.
Sullivan can be seen as a kind of undercover spy on campuses, to which he is invited often to speak -- because of his bona fides as a cultural reformer -- by those probably ignorant of the parenthetical "conservative" in his 1989 article. As Jonathan Rauch did in his 2004 book, "Gay Marriage," Sullivan argued that same-sex marriage, by including those previously excluded, would strengthen rather than undermine family values and bourgeois domesticity. That now seems to be happening.
The spread of campus values to the larger society would -- and is intended to -- have the opposite effect.…