Tag Archive for ‘“Gay Marriage”’
From the archives: Aaron Wolf points out the hypocrisy in Illinois’ civil-unions legislation. Is there love that can be denied?
A scrap of papyrus contains the phrase “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . . ‘” before ending unceremoniously with a fibrous tear. And somehow, if the NYT and Harvard are to be believed, this changes everything. And it does—if by everything we mean nothing at all.
“The opponents (of same-sex marriage) have no case other than ignorance and misconception and prejudice.” So writes Richard Cohen in his celebratory column about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s role in legalizing gay marriage in New York state.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association and who is also thinking of running for president, has now endorsed the call of another potential presidential candidate, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, for a campaign moratorium on social issues. Of course, there is no reason to believe that the GOP will take action on issues that its candidates don’t even want to talk about. Would Barbour or Daniels or any other GOP bigwig ever endorse a campaign moratorium on economic issues or foreign policy?
Barbour’s statement follows former GOP chairman Ken Mehlman’s recent announcement that he is gay and is now fundraising to support gay marriage, an effort supported by the manager of John McCain’s presidential campaign, Steve Schmidt. Of course, the legal case for gay marriage is being made by George W. Bush’s solicitor general, Ted Olson. How long will social conservatives continue to play Charlie Brown to the GOP’s Lucy, or will they eventually learn something from the fact that the football is pulled away every time they go to kick it?
A California federal judge just provided the very definition of arrogance, in ruling that Proposition 8, the California law codifying marriage as between a man and a woman, lacked even a “rational basis” and was therefore unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. So much for the beliefs that created Western civilization. So much for the traditions of all human societies, none of which have ever recognized “gay marriage” before now. What is the accumulated wisdom of mankind, not to mention the will of the voters of California, next to the musings of an unelected federal judge?
Tee-hee. Such is the line in liberal circles concerning the federal district court decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act on, among other grounds, those of “States Rights.” Including Massachusetts’ right to allow gay marriage without prejudice to the partners’ right to federal benefits.
You really can’t have “gay marriage,” you know, irrespective of what a court or a legislature may say. You can have something some people call gay marriage because to them the idea sounds worthy and necessary, but to say a thing is other than it is, is to stand reality on its head, hoping to shake out its pockets.
Just as the New York Times was front-paging a supposed upsurge in atheism came complementary tidings from the Pew Research Center. It’s not church spats over “gay marriage” or pedophilia that seem to be driving explicit Christians out the door. A complex of concerns causes their switch to another religion or none at all: namely, disgust with perceived churchly hypocrisies, the rejection of teachings perceived as false, failure to meet personal spiritual needs, and so on.
The California Supreme Court is now hearing arguments on the state’s Proposition 8, which forbids same-sex marriages. Rather than rail, one more time, at the turpitude of California or the perversity of homosexuals and liberals, I would like to look very briefly at some of the more prominent arguments being used.
by Thomas Fleming
Mainline Marital Mélange
by William Murchison
When the culture preaches to the church.
Immigration and Marriage in America
by R. Cort Kirkwood
Moonstruck Morality Versus the Cosmos
by Hugh Barbour, O.Praem.
Romancing the self.