Last weekend, Paris saw the third march of roughly one million people against gay marriage. Those in attendance heard an amazing speech from Ludovine de la Rochere, the president of the organization that has been sponsoring the marches. In it, de la Rochere echoed de Gaulle's famous words from June 18, 1940: "The law is today in effect: so isn’t the last word already spoken on this? Shouldn’t hope disappear? Isn’t your defeat definitive? No!"
When the French elites told the French people that gay marriage was inevitable, hundreds of thousands of Frenchmen came together to say "No!" When our elites tell us gay marriage is inevitable, all too many of us meekly agree, and some "conservative" publications even join in the chorus. I think American conservatives can learn something from the supposedly defeatist French.
Thomas Piatak is a contributing editor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He writes from Cleveland, Ohio.