During his controversial speech at New England prep school Choate Rosemary Hall yesterday, former Bush adviser Karl Rove was challenged by a student "to explain how giving gay people the right to marry would endanger other people." Rove dodged answering her at first, saying that the issue "should be resolved by a legislature or a referendum, not a court." But the student, Choate senior Marla Spivak, continued to press him:
Spivak kept pressing. "You never actually answered, how does it threaten anyone?" she asked. Rove asked, what's the compelling reason to throw out 5,000 years of understanding the institution of marriage as between a man and a woman?