Cafferty says that middle America doesn't care about "same-sex marriage." But polls show Americans overwhelmingly oppose it—not because they hate or feel morally superior to homosexual people. They simply want to preserve God’s plan for marriage. Marriage should remain what it has been throughout recorded history—a covenantal union between a man and a woman. Here are three reasons why Americans object to redefining marriage:
1. The best environment for children is a traditional family—one mom, one dad. Children from stable two-parent homes are significantly less prone to depression, addiction, and suicide than children from non-traditional families. A moral society should encourage the family structure that best nurtures children.
2. Marriage ideally brings together two people, one male, one female, who complement each other. Mothers are generally protective and nurturing while fathers tend to challenge children to confront risks and embrace opportunities. Children need both influences. Two "mothers" can't teach boys to become men; two "fathers" can't teach girls to become women.
3. Children need to feel connected to their biological origins whenever possible. Yale psychiatrist Kyle Pruett found that children "hunger for an abiding paternal presence." They struggle with questions about their biological origins and identity.
As a Christian pastor, I have nothing but compassion for homosexual people. I understand that it hurts to know that society doesn't accept your relationship as "normal" and "natural." But you can't force society to accept your way of life through court rulings.
The 2012 election is not just about jobs. It's about the moral choices America must make. If we hold our elected leaders to a high moral standard, there will be prosperity and plenty of jobs to go around. Leaders with a strong moral compass for the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage will generally make sound moral decisions on every other issue affecting our lives.
In October 1789, John Adams, America's first vice president, gave a speech to the Massachusetts militia. "Our Constitution," he said, "was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." I pray that these wise words would become a motto for our nation—but I fear that they may become our epitaph.