Homosexuality does not lead to bestiality. However, the institutionalizing of gay marriage does lead to definitional confusion. CNN evidently does not know the difference between these two basic points.
In covering J. D. Hayworth's campaign for an Arizona seat in the U. S. Senate this week, the news agency misrepresented Hayworth's remarks about the idea of gay marriage and its implications. Hayworth is right, and CNN is wrong.
Last week, I chastised Hayworth for his radio ad which championed him as a “good Christian and a good neighbor.” The self-righteous pomposity saturated the airwaves. This week, however, Hayworth is right. Regarding marriage, he made this comment in a recent interview with an Orlando radio station. "But I guess I can make the point of absurdity with an absurd point. I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse." An argument from the absurd extreme, but a valid argument nonetheless.
The point is simple, but evidently beyond the grasp of the CNN staff who reported that statement and then followed it with an absurd claim of their own. Hayworth, they said, is “...so worried about states allowing same-sex marriage, he fears it'll lead to bestiality.” Hayworth is not afraid that gay unions will lead to bestiality. He is concerned, and rightly so, that when one throws out the definition of a word or an institution (in this case, marriage as being by definition between a man and a woman), anything goes.
Although CNN may find it difficult to grasp, Hayworth's analysis is spot on. Very simply, where there is lack of definition, confusion reigns. This point applies in all kinds of settings, from employee policy handbooks to boundaries on a football field. When roles, boundaries, words, or ideas are unclear, conflict and chaos inevitably result.
And that is exactly what we are seeing in the arena of marriage right now. A segment of our society, evidently at home at CNN among other places, desires to redefine marriage entirely. Marriage has long been identified in most successful cultures as between one man and one woman. Two people. Joined in a covenant. With the goals of monogamy, procreation, and companionship. Time and history have demonstrated that institution to be the single- best provider of stable homes and families for the rearing of children, and therefore for the continuance of a healthy society.
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