Western culture (and much of the East) has recognized these truths as self-evident for thousands of years and across countless civilizations. And yet the New York State Assembly, spurred on by the activists, has chosen to ignore them. To do so, the legislators also had to ignore the people who elected them…since a majority of those people continue to indicate, at ballot boxes across that state and around the country, that they still find the old truths about homosexual behavior true.
Like the legislators of Sacramento, the legislators in Albany have modestly determined that their own senses and sensibilities are of a more discriminating maturity and entrenched nobility than those of their fellow citizens, the accumulated millions of human history, and God Himself. Against such arrogance there can be no law, so the legislators have no trouble dismissing any Constitution quibbles than impede their immoral cause.
And yet…something nags at those pressing for homosexual “rights.” Indeed, it gnaws at the roots of their disquiet and frustration. It drives them to appropriate-for-their-chosen-behavior terms that will cloak it in equality and give it the appealing whiff of the rose. It’s not enough that homosexual behavior be allowed…it must be approved by the churches. It must be endorsed by entertainers. It must be promoted in the classroom. It must be acclaimed by politicians. It must be celebrated by Americans everywhere. It must be made good – as good as purity, as embraceable as children, as respected as marriage.
However our legislators rename or attempt to redefine it, marriage is and will always be about the union of one man and one woman. People in same-sex relationships don’t need a word to validate the love, happiness, and commitment they claim to share. And that’s how we know it’s not about the love and happiness and commitment at all – it’s about changing the culture. It’s about holding society’s head underwater until society celebrates the thing it has always rightly rejected. It’s about teaching people that something they understand intrinsically as wrong is really right. It’s about calling evil good, and laughing at the transformation.
Likewise, giving same-sex couples children is not and cannot be about “what’s best for the children.” What’s best for children is a mother and father, each fulfilling their clear and irreplaceable roles in a child’s moral and emotional upbringing. Same-sex couples, by definition, knowingly and deliberately rob their children of at least one crucial aspect of a healthy family life. That’s not something people do when they care about “what’s best for the children.”
By facilitating such adoptions, by legalizing such unions, the New York State Assembly has demonstrated its cynical contempt for the lives of children, for the integrity of marriage, for the health of society, for moral truth, for the people they claim to serve, and – most insidiously – for those whose emotional scars, moral deviations, and spiritual frustrations have led them to demand this wholesale conversion of enduring truth into a convenient lie.
They can change what “marriage” means in the law books. The activists and their political patsies can bask in the sweet smell of success. But marriage is what it is, and this – this newly fabricated legal formality – has nothing of the fragrance of the rose about it.
Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.