Tag Archive for ‘“Gay Marriage”’
The practically universal triumph of the juridical recognition of gay marriage in the countries of the world that used to be Christendom requires those of us who accept the morality of the Bible to reassess the matter of homosexuality.
Click here to listen to an interview on Issues, Etc. with Chronicles‘ associate editor Aaron D. Wolf, on his article from the July 2013 issue: “Hell-Bent: Why Gay Marriage Was Inevitable.”
Hardly a day goes by that someone does not email or telephone me with the news that some allegedly conservative writer has finally endorsed “Gay Marriage.” I’d rather not name names, but the most amusing so far has been an online screed declaring Andrew Sullivan the “most important political writer of his generation.”
“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin is much quoted in today’s debate on the trade-off between freedom and security, as we learn about the National Security Agency’s easy access to our phone records and emails. Yet we Americans have often sacrificed liberty for safety.
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.