Star Parker

Loving v Virginia, in which prohibition of interracial marriage was found unconstitutional, is brought up as a precedent to justify same sex marriage.

But Loving was about the right of any man and woman to marry. The same sex marriage issue is about the right to redefine what marriage is. I defend the former. I reject the latter.

Rosa Parks was not trying to redefine what a bus is. She was asserting her right to sit wherever she wanted on it.

Preservation of language as a vessel for underlying truths has always been central to racial justice in our nation. As Lincoln made clear at Gettysburg, we wound up with over a half a million dead fighting over the integrity of the word “equal.”

A free country depends not on clever individuals usurping power and designing our world according to their tastes. It depends on transmission of prior truths and the humility to accept and live by them.

Check on the quality of freedom in our inner cities today, where young black men and women have the same regard for marriage as do these hedge fund managers.

It’s been said that when words lose their meaning, people lose their liberty. It’s something all of us, even wealthy libertarians, should keep in mind.

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.