Star Parker

Cheney: It's one thing that I don't take very seriously. You know, look: What we are talking about are relationships between two consenting adults. I think that is the debate that we need to have. That is the discussion that our country needs to have."

Now it is absolutely clear that legalization of gay marriage opens the door to every imaginable possibility. Once the authority for defining marriage moves from biblical tradition to politics, marriage will be defined by whatever might be deemed so by a court or that can be passed into law.

Such changes would impact every institution of our society, and Ms Cheney's uninformed casualness about the scope and seriousness of this is frightening. We've already seen the impact in adoption. How about in our public school system, our military, our churches, or our corporations?

We can look at Europe as a laboratory for what to expect. George Weigel of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington reports in the current issue of Commentary Magazine, for instance, that in Spain, where gay marriage and adoption is now legal, the words "Father" and "Mother" are being replaced on birth certificates to "Progenitor A" and "Progenitor B."

In European countries, a public statement critical of homosexual behavior is deemed "hate speech" and "a French parliamentarian was fined for saying that heterosexuality is morally superior to homosexuality."

Judge Robert Bork has laid out clearly the logic pointing to the fact that without a Federal Marriage Amendment, legalization of gay marriage nationwide is inevitable.

I don't know what the president's wife, Laura Bush, had for breakfast the other day when she suggested that the marriage amendment should be played down politically. Her husband was elected by deeply concerned citizens for whom this is critically important.

The gay movement is but a new chapter being written by liberal elitists who brokered the displacement of tradition and personal responsibility with disastrous welfare state policies. Blacks paid dearly and still are paying.

The formal marginalization of the traditions and truths upon which America's greatness sits is something no one can afford. The fight must go on.

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.