Star Parker

A gift from the Lord for which I remain eternally grateful is my inherent optimism. I am blessed with a natural inclination to see the glass half full rather than half empty.

In this vein, I believe that, although the Senate's vote this past week rejecting the federal Marriage Protection Amendment may be a battle lost, the prospects for long term victory in the cultural war to preserve traditional values in America remain excellent.

The defeat of the marriage amendment flows from the reverence of Americans for our constitution rather than support for endorsing homosexuality as an acceptable social norm. Furthermore, the arguments against the amendment are sufficiently weak and transparently false that over time more Americans will appreciate the need for this measure.

As many have noted, 45 out of 50 states already have enacted protections for traditional marriage, either through statute or constitutional amendment. Consistent with this, polls show Americans overwhelmingly opposed to legalization of homosexual marriage.

Support drops off, however, when the issue becomes amending the federal constitution.

The reverence that Americans have for our constitution is inherently good news. It is this attitude that distinguishes our country. Other nations write constitutions that wind up in the trash can in short order. Ours stands as it does because Americans both love and understand the importance of freedom and hold our national institutions in awe and respect that can only come from a truly religious people.

We relate to our federal constitution as the unique and delicate document that it is. It takes a lot for us to approach it and tamper with it.

Americans don't need convincing about the importance of preserving traditional marriage. They need more convincing that amending the federal constitution to protect marriage would bolster our freedom rather than abridge it.

Clearly, this is going to take more time. More Americans need to appreciate that the liberal elite now controlling our courts, already overturning homosexual marriage bans passed by voters in five states, will ultimately do so at the federal level. As Judge Robert Bork, and others, have argued, the Defense of Marriage Act, which insulates states from having to recognize homosexual marriage legalized in one state, will inevitably be challenged and overturned by the Supreme Court.

Thus, without amending our federal constitution, we are likely to be looking at national recognition of homosexual marriage.

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.