Is Gay "Marriage" Inevitable?
Regis NicollRegis Nicoll is a Centurion of The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He spent 30 years as a nuclear specialist, and is now a freelance writer who writes on current issues from a Christian perspective. His work regularly appears on BreakPoint online and SALVO magazine among other places. Regis also teaches and speaks on a variety of worldview topics, covering everything from Sharing the Gospel in a Postmodern Generation to String Theory. He currently serves as lay pastor of Hamilton Anglican Fellowship (www.hamiltonaf.org) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- 2013 Apr 13
Hardly a week goes by without another high-profile politician or organization jumping on the “marriage equality” express. Just think, in less than four weeks’ time . . .
- Bill Clinton, who signed Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)* into law in 1996, stated that it is time to overturn it.
- Jon Huntsman, a Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election, announced his support for gay “marriage.”
- Fellow Republican candidate Rob Portman followed suit, disclosing his evolved thinking on the matter.
- Hillary Clinton came out backing same-sex “marriage” both "personally and as a matter of policy and law." (Presumably, Mrs. Clinton intends to break with those rhetoricians who claim they would never allow their personal values to shape public policy.)
- Over 100 Republicans, including a couple of former top advisors to Mitt Romney and John McCain, issued an amicus brief advocating marriage “equality.”
- The American Academy of Pediatrics concluded, “Allowing gay parents to marry is in the best interests of children.” (Considering that the largest, most representative, and most rigorous on homosexual parenting to date found that children who grew up in gay and lesbian homes fared worse, in a number of areas, than children raised by both biological parents, it suggests that there was more of politics than of science in that conclusion.)
On top of that, the Obama administration, which two years prior chose to stop upholding DOMA, decided to against the law before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Many of these people had been staunch defenders of traditional marriage for years. Even Barack Obama, as recently as 2008, Pastor Rick Warren, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman . . . for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union.”
The winds of culture
The barrage of turnarounds comes at a time when nearly every poll shows that same-sex “marriage” enjoys a comfortable margin of public support with overwhelming approval among younger voters. Given that politics is a product, rather than a producer, of culture, it is no surprise that these about-faces follow the winds of popular opinion. What is surprising is the candor of the flip-floppers in revealing just how important those winds were. Continue reading here.