Ken Blackwell

Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.

Britain’s Conservative Party, the Tories, lost an empire when America rebelled against their tyranny and foolishness. Edmund Burke said then: “Great empires and little minds go ill together.” Now, the Tories are preparing to lose Britain itself.

How so? The Tories are ending marriage. Of course, that’s not what they think they are doing. They think they are simply acknowledging that Sir Elton and his significant other are as “married” as any other British couple. It used to be said of the Britons with their stiff upper lips that they don’t care what you do so long as you don’t scare the horses. But the Tories bid to end marriage should scare all of Britain—horse, foot, and dragoons.

Why does this move end marriage? Marriage foes say they only want to make us recognize the coupling of two men or two women as the legal equivalent, for example, of the marriage of Will & Kate. Hollywood’s original blonde bombshell, Mae West, knew better. She said: “Marriage is a great institution; I’m just not ready for an institution.” Yesterday’s fading starlets from Tinseltown had a better understanding of marriage than do today’s Prime Ministers and prelates.

The Tories are counterfeiting the institution of marriage. They are creating unmarriage and saying it is the same as true marriage. Our opponents in this cultural clash say we should not call it “gay marriage.” For once, we agree. They prefer their term “marriage equality.” But this will be a true statement only when 0=1.

Voters instinctively understand what the powers that be do not. You cannot counterfeit marriage without grave harm to society. In state after state in America, voters give thumbs up to marriage and vote down counterfeit marriage. Even liberal states like Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Wisconsin say YES to marriage. In every debate, marriage foes make us the NO party. Social conservatives are forced to say NO to their counterfeiting.

But we are the YES party. We are the I DO people. We understand that when everyone can marry, no one can marry. There is simply no marriage left.

The U.S. Secret Service was founded not to protect presidents, but to stop counterfeiters. Since there are innumerable ways to counterfeit money, agents are not taught to spot them all. Instead, they are taught to recognize real money.

Counterfeiting marriage works like counterfeiting money. What will be the value of the twenty-dollar bill in your wallet if your neighbor is allowed to print them in his garage?

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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