What’s the “marriage equality” debate really about?
The current docket of the US Supreme Court includes two high-profile cases dealing with marriage: the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. A few fundamentalist secularists–the radical fringe of the “LGBT” community–want to use political force and intimidation to rewrite centuries-old codes about the nature of the family. They want to bring down the Judeo-Christian framework and the civilization it has created. And the fingers of this threat now have a global reach.
For a long time, traditional societies (in Africa and Latin America, for example) were more protected while the battle was confined to the “progressive” West: North America and Western Europe. But the rest of the world is quickly catching up with us. In my international travel I hear more and more stories that indicate how far the debate has carried. That includes a recent three weeks spent in three countries of South America. And it includes Africa, as our friend and co-laborer Stephen Langa spelled out two years ago in his post exposing sexual colonialism.
But to return to my opening question, What’s really at stake here? What’s the fundamental concern? Are defenders of biblical marriage just being hateful? Are Christians just being uncharitable? Why disallow two men to marry just because you disagree with it? No doubt that question comes from some hearts that are sincere. My concern is from those with a destructive agenda.
Masha Gessen, a lesbian journalist, candidly admitted recently that aims of some in the “LGBT” community include eliminating the institution of marriage. She admits that this goal will require deception.
It’s a no-brainer that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.
That causes my brain some trouble. And part of why it causes me trouble is because fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie.
For more on this question see J. Richard Pearcey’s excellent article The Revolt of Intelligence Against “Marriage Equality.
– Darrow Miller