Maggie Gallagher

"I tell you what they're doing. When they say that they are not interested in the votes of white working-class Americans, that's a big chunk. That's the old Reagan Democrats and so forth. White working-class voters -- the middle class, lower middle class -- they're not interested in that. They're not interested in the mainstream. They're not seeking reelection from the mainstream, unless the mainstream is the unemployed, college students and militant radical minorities."

Sometimes people ask me, given the wall of hatred now directed at anyone who opposes gay marriage, why do I continue to fight?

Two reasons:

The first and most important is that marriage matters. Gay marriage is based on a falsehood about human nature: Gay unions are not marriages -- they do not serve the same purpose as unions of husband and wife.

Gay marriage is a profoundly political creature -- an attempt to use government to redefine reality itself that is unjust and will have consequences.

The second equally important reason is this: I simply cannot stand to see the party of Ronald Reagan abandon the American people out of a misplaced deference to political correctness, fear and willful stupidity.

Tuesday, North Carolina became the 32nd state in a row to vote against gay marriage when its citizens were given the chance.

If gay marriage becomes a reality in this great nation, it will not be because the American people have not done everything they can to make their voices heard.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.