That is why one cannot attempt to use the changes of the past (getting rid of slavery) to validate future changes (getting rid of marriage), regardless of how bad the past was because all ideology can be struck upon the rocks of philosophy…
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 gay ministers and a few religions that recognize and even perform same sex marriages (or leave it up to each congregation to choose).
With regard to the definitions of conservatism and progressivism, here’s what wikipedia says:
Progressivism is a philosophy based on the Idea of Progress, which asserts that advancement in science, technology, economic development, and social organization are vital to improve the human condition.
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 United States that is characterized by respect for American traditions, support for Judeo-Christian values, economic liberalism, anti-communism, advocacy of American exceptionalism, and a defense of Western culture from perceived threats posed by “creeping socialism”, moral relativism, multiculturalism, and liberal internationalism.
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: