The reason for this uncertainty is not difficult to divine. State-created substitutes for marriage propose to replace an institution defined by sacrificial nurturing with an unproven construct of self-fulfillment which will exist only to serve the emotional needs of adults at the cost of society at large.
Those seeking to redefine marriage trumpet self-serving notions of equality and justice for a small coterie of adults but ignore that marriage has always been uniquely suited to the generation and care of new life. This is not hyperbole, but apparently the very point of the endeavor.
For instance, marriage opponent E.J. Graff has predicted that once “same-sex marriage becomes legal, that venerable institution will ever after stand for sexual choice, for cutting the link between sex and diapers.” And Michelangelo Signorile, another marriage opponent, has stated that same-sex couples should “demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution.”
The erosion of marriage and the breakdown of the family in America have unleashed social problems that are all too real and must be remedied. But the remedy will not come by accepting same-sex marriage as valid, necessary, or constitutionally required.
Marriage does not need redefinition, but rededication to its core meaning, the union of one man and one woman, and to its core purpose, uniting children to their own mother and father. In a few short months, the U.S. Supreme Court will have a chance to preserve the institution we call marriage, the anchor of the family and society. Let us pray it judges wisely.
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