Cultural Revolutions

Begging the Question

The Defense of Marriage Act is history—a development that should have surprised no one.  I’m tempted to say, “Good riddance to bad rubbish,” but the fact that passing DOMA in the first place was one of the most disastrously stupid moves the Republican Party has made over the past 20 years does not change the reality that the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the core of DOMA will only accelerate the pace of cultural decline.  That, of course, is precisely why DOMA was wrongheaded from the start: You cannot grant the federal government the authority to define marriage without granting that same government the authority to redefine marriage. As I wrote at the time, if the federal government can define marriage as between one man and one woman, it can redefine marriage as between two men or two women, or one man and his monkey.  The permutations, of course, are endless: Before the decision was handed down on June 26, some of the more honest homosexual activists had already made it clear that plural marriage was next on the agenda—and will anyone really be surprised when “pro-family” Muslims, a significant number of whom are already engaged in extralegal polygamy here in the United States, are only too happy to join in that crusade?

Indeed, the Mormon Church, which had pumped millions of dollars into California’s Proposition 8...

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