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posted Friday, February 4, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 05

Salon exclusive: How Maggie Gallagher's college pregnancy made her a single mom, and a traditional marriage zealot
By Mark Oppenheimer

In September 1978, Yale freshmen would not have voted Maggie Gallagher the member of the Class of 1982 most likely to get pregnant before graduation. Gallagher was the third of four children from a close family in Portland, Ore. When she was young, her parents, a financial planner and a housewife, had been active in their local Catholic parish, and Gallagher and her siblings spent some years in Catholic elementary school. As Gallagher got older, her parents began to drift away from the church, and Gallagher's mother became something of a spiritual seeker ('She once took me to an Up With People concert,'

Gallagher now recalls, ruefully.) But Gallagher herself moved to the right in high school. Like many precocious girls, she fell for Ayn Rand's novels, including 'The Fountainhead' and 'Atlas Shrugged,' and for Objectivism, Rand's capitalist, acquisitive philosophy. (Gallagher's other formative influence was the science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein.) When she got to Yale, she only gingerly embraced the secular mores, the drinking and the drugs and the hookup culture, that defined life on liberal campuses in the late 1970s. She tried marijuana once and did not like it. She smoked cigarettes but, afraid of becoming addicted, never inhaled.

full story:
http://www.salon.com/2012/02/08/the_making_of_gay_marriages_top_foe/singleton/


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