Evan, I’m sorry, but affording gay couples the same rights as straight couples in no way negates marriage. It’s just applying Constitutional rights to all people. You can’t even argue that it is an attack on religious freedom because there are and a and even (or leave it up to each congregation to choose).

With regard to the definitions of conservatism and progressivism, here’s what wikipedia says:

Conservatism as a and promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of and civilization.

Progressivism is a based on the , which asserts that advancement in , , , and are vital to improve the .

Based on your logic, slavery was perfectly acceptable (“what we know works or what we are accustomed to”) up until the time it was proven otherwise. The same thing goes for just about anything — why did we allow cars when horses worked just fine?

But Conservatism is a relativistic philosophy because the meaning depends on what is considered traditional in a given place and time. So, in the United States:

American Conservatism is a broad system of political beliefs in the that is characterized by respect for American traditions, support for values, , , advocacy of , and a defense of from perceived threats posed by “creeping ”, , , and .

Clearly, Conservatism is based on whatever ideologies are held at the time, such as Christian values, free market capitalism and basically anything its followers deem as un-American. (I added this last part, because of its constantly moving definition. For example, after WWII, America brought war crimes charges against Japanese soldiers for water boarding, then Conservatives completely changed their tune to support Bush & Cheney’s use of torture.)

Thanks for taking the time to educate me!

BTW, Progressives take historically consistent stands on some issues, such as protecting the environment and our civil liberties, and addressing social and economic inequality.

Here’s a comparison of Teddy Roosevelt and Bernie Sanders:

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