Ken Connor

Nevermind that marriage is an institution ordained by God that has served as the fundamental building block of human society since the beginning of time. Nevermind that basic common sense (as well as several formal sociological studies) tells us that children need the influence of a mother and a father in shaping their understanding of the world, their sense of personal security and confidence, and their preparedness to function as healthy and productive members of society. Nevermind that natural law, our anatomical appendages, and the reproduction of the human race all seem innately geared toward heterosexual unions. Republican leaders in Washington today can't be counted upon for anything more than a tip of the hat toward traditional marriage. Such would be beneath the station of Washington elites and is dirty work better suited to the hoi poloi (those of us in fly-over country who cling to guns and religion).

But the American people understand the significance of the paradigm shift advocated by Mr. Biden and his Johnny-come-lately boss. As recently as last week, 61% of North Carolinians voting cast their ballot in favor of traditional marriage and against extending the sanctity of this ancient institution to same-sex unions. All in all, 35 states have come down on the side of traditional marriage when their citizens were given the opportunity to do so, indicating that while marriage is under assault from many quarters (high divorce rates and an increase in the rise of cohabitation), the American people intuitively understand that traditional marriage is nonetheless an institution not to be trifled with.

So social conservatives had better get ready to rumble. The stakes couldn't be higher, nor the impact of the outcome of the election greater. It's about more than the economy Messrs. Romney and Obama, and no, the American people are not stupid.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.