In a culture as divided as ours, it’s rare to have a majority on both sides of the debate see something the same way, but it appears as if both a majority of traditionalists (conservatives) and progressives (liberals) have made the same mistake.
As popular culture becomes increasingly aggressive in its promotion of homosexuality, and Americans appear to be more de-sensitized to it, both sides of the morality debate have taken that as a sign to mean the American people are poised to affirm it. The Left, as well as the increasingly pro-homosexual leadership of the Republican Party, confidently believes the future is on their side. Those of us who believe neither the Bible nor the Constitution are living, breathing documents believe that history is on ours.
Enter North Carolina.
Last week’s overwhelming vote to affirm marriage in a state President Obama won four years ago, and polls had shown he was capable of winning again, has thrown both sides of the debate for a loop. After all, poll after poll also shows the American people are clearly more willing to put up with so-called homosexual marriage than they were a few years ago, so how do you explain the issue of marriage is now 32-0 in every state that has held a statewide referendum on it?
In fact, marriage has remained undefeated even when liberal states like Oregon and Maine consider the issue. Exit polling found around 40% of Democrats voted for marriage in North Carolina. On the same day in 2008 when Obama was getting nearly 60% of the popular vote in California and winning Florida, marriage was affirmed by a majority of the very same voters in both states. Despite all the money Obama raised after “coming out” anti-marriage, his poll numbers plummeted. In one 72-hour time span last week, Obama lost 9 points in the daily Rasmussen tracking poll, and the dominant issue during that news cycle was marriage.
How do we reconcile all of this seemingly contradictory data?
We do so by recognizing that what we’re seeing from the American people isn’t a contradiction, but a distinction.
The homosexual movement has done a masterful job of de-stigmatizing those who practice homosexuality as victims of urges they cannot control, but they clearly haven’t been as successful at getting the majority of the American people to affirm those same urges as normal and preferable for society.
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