Star Parker

A CNN / Gallup poll done in May showed 56 percent opposition to legalization of gay marriage and 53 percent in support of the marriage amendment. Yet the values of the American people and the democratic process have been hijacked by left leaning elitist liberal judges. What we are watching in America today is a convergence of our courts and Hollywood.

It's also becoming increasingly clear that although that there may be some cameo appearances by politicians stating support for the marriage amendment, behind close doors the political establishment is resigned to what they view as inevitable. There will be no serious political capital spent here.

Blacks have polled consistently higher than national averages in opposition to the sanctioning of gay marriage. Why do we care so much and why do we feel an increasing sense of being abandoned?

Why, I sometimes hear, is a community with such clear and immediate problems with education, employment and crime so obsessed with this issue? Are there that many black gay couples wanting wedding vows that black pastors should be taking valuable time from their daily responsibilities to become political activists for a federal marriage amendment?

The germane point that these black pastors understand is that the black community is the most exposed to and most likely to be injured by the problems of the nation as a whole. When America gets a cold, the black community gets pneumonia.

White America's problem is a loss of moral grounding and gradual erosion of its family structure. Black America's problem is rebuilding a family structure that has already collapsed.

Our pastors preach abstinence, marriage and fidelity on Sunday morning and fatherless black children go to their public schools on Monday morning where adolescent sexual activity is condoned as a fact of life and boys and girls are put into sex classes together and receive instruction on how to use condoms.

Black pastors know that the battle for rebuilding the black family defines the future of black America. If this battle is lost, blacks will become a permanent American underclass.

The moral relativism which increasingly defines American culture is now defining every institution of our society _ our schools, our large corporations and our media. Our families are our only firewall.

The support of the black community for the federal marriage amendment reduces to one word. Survival.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.