Cultural Revolutions

Defining Relationships

The "Defense of Marriage Act" was making its way through Congress as these lines were being written. Having passed the House, the debate was turned, by the "good" offices of Senator Edward Kennedy, into a joint defense of marriage and homosexual rights bill. Gay activists were exultant that their concerns were getting a hearing in the august body known as the Senate. The Defense of Marriage Act was passed, 84 to 14; the proposal to create new federal civil rights for homosexuals narrowly failed, 50 to 49. The attempt to turn the "defense of marriage" debate into a vehicle for federalizing gay rights is a further example of the inability of the federal government to do even just one good thing without attaching at least one bad or even worse thing to it.

The old Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal) and the Book of Common Worship (Presbyterian) refer to marriage as "an honorable Estate, established by God, regulated by His commandments." The Chicago Tribune, which has gradually degenerated from its self-styled role as "the world's greatest newspaper" to serving as a public relations organ for cultural degeneration, headlined its report on the Defense of Marriage Act, "Gay couples lose bid for recognition." It smirked at the impassioned "oration" of Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, sounding like a country preacher in defending the wisdom of five millennia,...

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