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This is a mischaracterization of people who disagree with you and inhibits finding common ground and working together.

Opponents of gay marriage want strong families with good environments to raise children.

Opponents of drug legalization want to prevent the individual and societal harm caused by drug use.

Viewing opponents with that perspective helps find more effective ways of working together.

It's also interesting that advocates for those "liberal" items want to get the government out of individual choices, which is the same goal cited by "conservatives" against centralized health care/education, etc.

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