Robert Morrison

In Britain, in America, the slave trade dishonored both nations. The African slave trade has stood for centuries as a primary example of man’s inhumanity to man. It was a reproach to British and American claims of Christianity, of love of liberty, of Enlightenment.

In that light, let us consider this question: If two men may marry and they want a child, they must contract with a poor young woman. And if that woman develops natural motherly feeling for the child of her womb, will she be compelled by law to surrender the baby?

Does this not show us how quickly we return – like a dog returning to his vomit – to the core principle of the slave trade? We are back in the business of buying and selling human kind.

It is an abomination.

Interestingly, the great Edmund Burke was not a Tory. He was a member of the Whig Party in Parliament. But Burke shaped conservatives’ thinking in his time and in ours. Burke described the family as “that little platoon in which we move in society.” He spoke of the rights of man. They include the right to “inheritance of our parents and the consolations of religion.”

What kind of inheritance is it to be deprived – intentionally, and by statute – of a mother or a father?

Many of us will continue to seek and find consolation in religion. Many of us believers will continue to go to our churches for the sanctification of our marriages. But what of the poor, the immigrants, the marginalized, the unchurched?

What David Cameron is doing in his headlong rush is to threaten the very foundation of Britain and of every nation.

As our Chief Justice, Earl Warren, said for a unanimous Supreme Court in 1967: “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival.”

If David Cameron succeeds in destroying marriage, Britain herself will disappear in a century. One thing is clear: If Cameron overturns marriage, Britain will never again be Great.

Robert Morrison

Robert Morrison is a senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council.