Thank Institute for American Values for Changing its Position on Gay Marriage

Target: David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values

Goal: Thank the Institute for American Values for quitting the fight against gay marriage, and for including gay and lesbian couples in its quest to rejuvenate marriage

In 2010, David Blankenhorn was the star witness in the Proposition 8 trial. His testimony strongly opposed gay marriage. Mr. Blankenhorn created the Institute for American Values to support traditional marriage, and to find ways to combat the decline in marriage in the United States. However, Mr. Blankenhorn recently changed his tune. His institute has decided to “begin a new conversation about marriage.” The Institute for American Values will no longer oppose gay marriage, and will instead include gay men and women in the fight to improve marriage for everyone. Thank Mr. Blankenhorn for quitting the fight against gay marriage, and for working to create a more inclusive organization.

The Institute for American Values has decided to focus on strengthening marriage for everyone in the United States, gay and straight alike. While marriage is not declining among middle and upper class, college-educated adults, it is dramatically falling among working class individuals who have graduated high school, but do not have a college degree.

The benefits of marriage include greater affluence and longer life spans. While marriage may not be right for everyone, it is beneficial to find out why marriage rates are falling among this important population. Historically, marriage has been a way for people to improve their affluence, and to raise successful children. As marriage rates fall, class lines are becoming more and more divided. Middle class families often include an income from two partners, so married individuals can more easily obtain comfort and stability.

The Institute for American Values has taken a monumental step towards creating harmony for straight and gay individuals in the United States. David Blankenhorn’s bold move to come out in support for gay marriage cost his organization many supporters and huge amounts of funding. But it was the right thing to do, and it opens the door for a more productive conversation. Thank David Blankenhorn for working towards a more equal and prosperous United States.


Dear Mr. Blankenhorn,

Your recent announcement regarding gay marriage was a bold and shocking move for the Institute for American Values. By stepping back from the fight against gay marriage, you are making a statement that we, as Americans, should be focusing on improving the lives of everyone in the United States, not fighting against the rights of gay and lesbian individuals. Your decision to refocus the conversation around marriage cost you many supporters and monetary donations, but in the future, your organization will be able to move forward, and work towards creating good and meaningful change in the United States.

I would like to thank you for your announcement, and for bravely doing the right thing, even though it was difficult. Your decision to withdraw from the fight against gay marriage was inspirational, and will hopefully encourage other people to put aside their differences and work towards a more prosperous future for our country.


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  1. Dear Petition Leaders–

    What a wonderful idea! To thank David Blankenhorn and join the conversation, you might also consider signing the Call to a New Marriage Conversation. You can read and sign the Call and learn more about the Institute for American Values by visiting our homepage at americanvalues dot org.

    Elizabeth Marquardt
    Director, Center for Marriage and Families
    Institute for American Values

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