The trial over the California constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman already took place where it should have—among the voters of California during the fall of 2008 when they debated its merits and decided to approve it. The U.S. Constitution permits the people or their elected representatives to decide public policy issues and to reaffirm the definition of marriage that existed even before the state and nation did. There is nothing bigoted or unconstitutional about doing so.
Those who oppose the new marriage amendment wrongly argue that its purpose was to target same-sex couples. But this defies common sense. That would mean that societies from around the world, from Singapore to Siberia, from Byzantium to Bangkok, all independently decided that establishing marriage was an effective way to discriminate against same-sex couples. That can’t be right. Because so many nations define marriage the same way, something else is going on other than “bias.”
The collective experiences of societies separated by oceans and centuries have come to the same general conclusion: when nations put men and women together, they inevitably produce children. In order for a society to sustain itself into the future, it must ensure that those children are raised in the best manner possible—by their own father and mother living in a committed lifelong relationship.
Even President Obama has recognized the damage done to children raised without fathers: “We know the statistics—that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools, and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”
Same-sex “marriage” potentially compounds this problem by encouraging the creation of households that, by design, lack a father or lack a mother. Who is not necessary to raise a child, the father or the mother?