Matt Welch and Alexander McCobin Debate Libertarianism, Social Conservatism, and Gay Marriage at CPAC


"We believe that marriage is one man, one woman." So declared moderator Tom Minnery of CitizenLink in his introductory sentence to a panel today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today entitled "Can Libertarians and Social Conservatives Ever Get Along?"

On Minnery's side was Hillsdale College Dean and former Heritage Foundation scholar We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future. The libertarian faction was represented by yours truly and Students for Liberty President Alexander McCobin. And leaning mostly on the SoCon side, though venturing back in this direction on gay adoption, was syndicated radio host Michael Medved.

Here's the 40-minute conversation, which I for one found illuminating, and even occasionally heartening—especially given the response of the audience.