Gabriella Hoffman

Supporting marriage is not a popular stance for millennials to take today.

If one is under 30 and a supporter of natural marriage, automatically they are labeled a “bigot,” “homophobe” or “fascist.”

Many in our generation--thanks to the influence of Hollywood and pop culture--support the idea of “marriage equality.” Indeed, this is touted as the hip thing to do. If millennials do not get on the bandwagon, they will be ostracized by their peers.

This begs the question: what happened to respecting difference of opinion, oh-so tolerant crowd?

Although public opinion might favor the “marriage equality” view at this time, proponents of marriage should not give up hope.

Young conservative podcaster RJ Moeller recently wrote a column in American Spectator saying proponents of marriage should not be deterred or disheartened by the “inevitability” of the redefinition of marriage.

Moeller writes, “But this whole “inevitability” argument for why those of us who believe marriage is an important institution — one worth defending, whatever the prevailing cultural sentiments may be — should shut up and stand aside strikes me as underwhelming and something less than compelling.”

Since our society is greatly influenced by pop culture, support for marriage is now counter cultured.

It is time to better market marriage to our generation. As millennials, we must make marriage relevant again as an institution. As millennials, we must use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to get our message out there. As millennials, we must tap into entertainment to promote marriage.

Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint reaffirmed the importance of marriage in society during his CPAC 2013 speech. He said, “We cannot hope to limit government if we do not stand up for our core civil society institutions, beginning with marriage.”

DeMint also stressed the importance of sound conservatism by saying, “Strong families, churches and voluntary institutions build strong character and economic independence. And government must always remember we are endowed by our creator with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

That being said, millennials must make the moral case for marriage in society.


Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman works at Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.