Rebecca Hagelin

Americans are, once again, drawing the line in the sand. Between the recent legalization of same-sex marriages in Vermont and Canada, the Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas that struck down the state's sodomy law, the opening of a high school for "gay" students in New York City and the decisions by the Episcopal Church to approve a "gay" bishop and allow "gay" marriages, Americans are saying they have had enough.

A USA TODAY-CNN-Gallup Poll taken in May found that 60 percent of Americans thought "gay" sex should be legal, but by late-July – after the Lawrence decision but before the Episcopal Church's actions – the number had fallen to 48. The July numbers also reveal that 57 percent of Americans do not believe that same-sex couples should have the same rights as other married couples – the highest such percentage since 2000.

The drop in support of the homosexual agenda has been highest among liberals and moderates. The number of liberals who favored "gay" marriage fell to 57 percent by late July from the 80 percent support it received in May. Today, only 36 percent of African Americans think "gay" sex should be legal, down from 58 percent in May. Also rising is opposition to homosexual civil unions that include providing the couples with some of the same rights as married heterosexual couples. And for the first time since 1997, of those polled, more people oppose homosexuality as "an acceptable alternative lifestyle" than those who support it.

All this goes to show that Americans seem to value American values most when we fear we have lost them. From free speech, to the freedom of religion, to national security, to protecting the definition of marriage, the pattern is the same: Americans fight back when we perceive our values have been punched in the nose.

The family unit – beginning with a marriage between one man and one woman – has been the basic unit of every civil society since time immemorial. Make no mistake: There is a concentrated effort afoot to alter this foundation, that if successful, will be the single greatest social experiment in the history of mankind. Americans are sensing that the family is now teetering on a precipice, and instinctively seem to understand that the consequences of such a fall would impact every other area of our lives and destroy all other institutions we now hold dear.

This time, more and more Americans aren't just hoping those in authority will take control – they're insisting on it. Check out the websites of organizations like Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council to find out how many are helping to steer the American family to safety.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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