Ken Blackwell

Vice President Joe Biden is almost casual about ending marriage. It’s “inevitable,” he says. He thinks it’s not such a big deal.

But it is a big deal. Recognizing same-sex couplings as marriages will mean the end of marriage. That’s because saying yes to two men or two women marrying opens the door to polygamy.

Those who have delved into the issue know this. George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley believes that conferring legal status on same-sex couples will lead to polygamy—and he says he’s for that.

When Turley told a packed house at the Newseum in 2008 that he was for polygamy, his audience cheered wildly. Those cheering for the end of marriage included federal court clerks, grad students, congressional staffers, and journalists--the Inside-the-Beltway elite. With same-sex couplings and polygamous arrangements recognized, where would that leave marriage? Ended, that’s where. When everyone can marry, no one can marry. There is no marriage left.

Advocates for same-sex couplings have never agreed to bar polygamous groups being granted marriage rights. After all, if “marriage equality” is the real goal, then three or four marital partners are even more equal than two.

Democrats might want to think twice before adopting a platform plank to end marriage.

When they meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3-6, they may want to look deeply into the numbers from the North Carolina marriage referendum.

Those numbers prove that polls are not votes. The latest public opinion polls showed marriage winning by a margin of 55-39%. But the final vote tally—61-39%--shows clearly that marriage scores consistently better in the voting booth than in the public opinion polls.

In North Carolina, we saw the heaviest turnout for a primary election. With no opponent for President Obama on the Democratic side, and with the GOP contest already wrapped up for Gov. Romney, this fact alone should command attention.

The American Enterprise Institute recently blogged on the marriage issue. Lazar Berman and Daniel Berman wrote “Why Young Voters Won’t Tip the Gay Marriage Debate Anytime Soon.”

Democrats should seriously study what the Bermans found in the election returns. Delegates may learn some amazing facts about the voters of that state—and the 32 other states that have voted to support true marriage.

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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