Bill Murchison

The notion that creature knows better than Creator is the characteristic notion of modern times. Science and technology spread it around. Genuine gifts to the people -- liberty, democratic governance -- fortify the tendency. Reinvent marriage? Why shouldn't we if enough people want to for personal satisfaction? So goes the reasoning (not too crudely caricatured, I hope) behind the push for same-sex marriage.

As for those who disagree with the reasoning, who see good sense, if not divine authority, in the historic understanding of marriage, the understanding many would like the Supreme Court to throw away -- tough. Sympathy with older viewpoints and with those who see the intelligence in such viewpoints isn't the conspicuous trait of those who demand fulfillment of their claims.

How the Supreme Court will rule in the two same-sex marriage cases before it this week -- Hollingsworth vs. Perry and U. S. vs. Windsor -- isn't clear to anyone. Clearer by far are the stakes. The judicial overthrow of one of civilization's oldest, most useful institutions -- the family, as consisting of husband, wife, and children -- would unleash consequences impossible to foresee or control. That numerous Americans don't care -- can't you see, they want what they want! -- is the most disheartening part of the equation. More than the family breaks down here potentially. Comity, cooperation and order follow suit, and without delay.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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