Janet Mefferd

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." (Proverbs 14:12)

American conservatives have borne the brunt of several gut punches in the last few weeks over the issue of legalizing so-called homosexual marriage.

First, country singer Carrie Underwood -- whose fan base includes large numbers of political conservatives and evangelical Christians -- revealed that the church she attends is gay-friendly, adding: "As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry. ... I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."

Next, former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne released a statement regarding the so-called homosexual marriage of their daughter, Mary, to Heather Poe. The Cheneys' take: "Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized.”

Finally, traditional marriage supporter David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, announced in a New York Times op-ed that he's switched sides on the issue. Why? Said Blankenhorn: "I do believe, with growing numbers of Americans, that the time for denigrating or stigmatizing same-sex relationships is over. Whatever one's definition of marriage, legally recognizing gay and lesbian couples and their children is a victory for basic fairness."

Why do such notables think so-called homosexual marriage is a good idea? Let's summarize:

The Underwood Rationale: Gay marriage is only fair. And heterosexuals who disagree are selfish. The Cheney Rationale: Gay marriage is only fair. Our daughter and her partner have been committed to each other for a long time. The Blankenhorn Rationale: Gay marriage is only fair. And heterosexuals who disagree are mean.

Hardly Lincoln-Douglas material, but there it is. But how did this reasoning come out of the mouths of people who aren't abashed liberals? And why are their arguments so ... well ... lackluster and shallow?

It should first be noted that none of their "arguments" are really arguments, from the standpoint of reasoned debate on the morality and/or wisdom of legalizing so-called homosexual marriage. Here's what they really are: regurgitated talking points, continually reinforced by an insidious social movement that wants unanimous compliance on its immoral agenda -- an agenda that many more Americans would reject if it were brought into broad daylight, where all its lies, obfuscations and straw men could be exposed.