Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh has developed a label for young conservatives that make support for gay marriage a litmus test: Manhattan bar scene conservative.
This week Rush Limbaugh said on his radio program:
In the millennial generation, 25 and under, it's all that matters. Gay marriage. Young conservatives 30 and under, 35 and other, Manhattan bar scene conservative: Gay marriage, all that matters. People are willing to leave the party if the party doesn't change its mind, and you know how it's happening? Not just on the basis that love is a wonderful thing and who are we to say somebody could or could not love somebody.
It's also coming under the umbrella of freedom. This is something that concerns me, because I think "freedom" is being misapplied or maybe incorrectly defined. Freedom does not mean hedonism. Freedom does not mean the sybaritic pursuits, "Just do what you want."
Rush's comments have attracted media scrutiny. Marc Ambinder of The Week writes the following:
On his show today, he had nothing original to say about the topic other than this: Freedom is not a license for hedonism. And darn it, younger conservatives had better realize it. That's silly.
Few young Americans have heard a compelling case against gay marriage. Christians have failed to explain why God requires abstinence outside of a marriage relationship that only includes a man and woman. This is not a "bash the gays" perspective. Most straight people also engage in premarital sex which is condemned by the Bible.