The Right Opinion

The Gay Marriage Sham

By William Murchison · Jul. 2, 2013

Whoever would rend his garments over the Supreme Court's gay marriage decisions is certainly welcome to do so, but I wouldn't advise spending undue time and emotion on such an enterprise. Rarely does a democratic government, in its embrace of some daring new notion, truly outrun the voting public. A little, sometimes, just not wildly, outrageously so.

This is to say America's, not to mention the Western world's, astounding embrace of gay rights is the main element in the two marriage cases decided last week. That our highest court would have given a big, ripe Bronx cheer to a society wedded overwhelmingly to the historic concept of marriage as ordained solely for a man and woman only – I think not.

I think the justices looked around. I think they read the newspapers and the Internet and watched TV. They discerned astoundingly, unaccountably fast movement on the public's part concerning homosexuality. They may have overestimated what journalists call a “sea change” in public attitudes. Still, they may have noted a Pew Research poll in March 2009, declaring, “Most (i.e., 56 percent) Mainline Protestants Say Society Should Accept Homosexuality.” That, together with a Pew poll last spring, claiming fully half of Americans favor gay marriage. The learned justices saw state legislature after state legislature making the same determination this very year. Agitation in the media and the entertainment industry, in behalf of extending “equality” to gays and lesbians, has been ceaseless. On some days, half The New York Times, our national “newspaper of record,” seems wholly given over to the enterprise.

Very, very clearly, a considerable portion of 21st-century America was primed and ready for that which five justices out of nine proclaimed last week as the new revealed Truth about marriage. On the evidence of polls, the same figure – five out of nine – could be taken as approximating the division of sentiment around the country. Who did this thing? “We the people,” in the deepest, most democratic sense, may have done it.

And that's the end of it? Not quite. Putting the monkey on the public's back, in terms of destroying the ancient moral consensus as to the necessity of heterosexual marriage, suggests what must be done in response. Not with any early prospect of success – no such prospect exists in the “Modern Family” society. Not with petitions or rallies or proposals for legislative action, because petitions and rallies and proposals for legislative action are inadequate to the main task at hand, which is the task of changing minds.

Changing minds to – what? Reality, most of all. The human reality is that of two sexes, formed for each other, nurtured by each other, cooperating, creatively and lovingly, in the great project of moving life forward, generation by generation. The gay union awkwardly plays at imitating what the heterosexual marriage brings off naturally, almost without effort. The gay union, whatever forms of sexual relationship enter into it, is friendship rather than marriage.

A New York Times (of course!) story about gay weddings in California quoted a male Army reservist who was marrying his partner of 10 years. “I can sleep easier now,” said Captain Potoczniak, “'because I know that if anything happens to me anywhere in the world, he is my husband now.” “Husband”? Meaning Potoczniak is the “wife”? Uh – no. He's not. There is no “marriage” here. We are reading about friends whose friendship, for reinforcement purposes, doesn't require the warping of society's fundamental institution.

The work of restoring the normal understanding of marriage – the understanding that “Mr. and Mr.” Potoczniak can't get their arms around (and don't care to) – is work nobody could have imagined, even 10 years ago. Nor is there any early prospect of success. It can't be helped. The view that two men or two women, however honorable, however delightful to talk to, may “marry” – such a view enthrones the view that all preferences are equal, that nothing is intrinsically right, that no heavenly authority binds humanity. Ninety-nine percent of Americans could believe such stuff, and it still wouldn't be true.



boilingfrog in N.C. said:

Absolutely William.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Bob in Hattiesburg, MS said:

"Ninety-nine percent of Americans could believe such stuff, and it still wouldn't be true."


Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM

PH in DE said:

Personally, I don't believe that the majority of Americans support so-called gay "marriage." It is just that the media and entertainment are so strong and loud that they have kept people from hearing the majority, or letting people see what the majority wants. As to state legislatures legalizing it, that is simply in response to political correctness and bullying. My state representatives don't listen to their constituents at all, because we are not politically correct, and believe in right and wrong and some absolutes in morality.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

We have the same problem in Minnesota. I sent my representative an argument for retaining the existing marriage statute. The response I got (after she and the Democrat-Farmer-Labor majority warped the law into an anything-goes "civil marriage") was "The legislature did what was best for Minnesota." Yeah, right, and to the very end, Adolf Hitler insisted he did what was best for Germany.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

This decision is the result of the moral void foisted upon America when the framers abandoned Yahweh's immutable morality IN the Constitution itself. It was, thus, inevitable that we would eventually end up with such justices and such decisions, along with the nincompoops, scoundrels, and outright criminals in the other two branches of government.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Norm in Galena, Missouri replied:

Boy, Ted, you've got that right!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

BJ in St. Cloud, MN said:

You bigots!! You racists!! You are less than human or just not a decent human being if you are so intolerant that you don't stand behind homosexual whatever! That's why the leftists could use the polls to show America likes homosexual activity. That's why one of the 2 main reasons AIDS is spread is now an acceptable practice. They did the same thing with funding for AIDS. It was made to sound as though it was being spread by heterosexuals. BS
Two practices were almost entirely behind the AIDS "epidemic" after they solved the very small percentage that was being spread by blood transfusions. IV drug use and anal sex. Period.
Now while destroying the family with lawlessness, divorce, abortion, and every other evil and lewd practice, they can realize their objective of big big and bigger govt.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Leaping Spark in Brandon said:

The majority of our politicians are now communist and must push degeneracy, homosexuality and promiscuity as normal and healthy to help destroy the American culture. In time we will be reduced to a third world cesspool with most of our current politicians holding the chains attached to the shackles on our legs.

We will all happily march along singing the praises of our lord and master Barack and his glorious country of Barakistan.

It happened in Germany and it is happening here, we know the history yet we still do nothing!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

Once again, the "government " is simply too slow and cumbersome to deal with the real change that is needed. Namely, to acknowledge that "marriage" is the domain of the "Church", while civil union is a non-religious acknowledgement of a two (or more) peoples love for and commitment to each other in the eyes of the law. See how easy that is....change a few tax forms and definitions in the code and viola- equal rights under the law. In the eyes of the government we are all either "single" or "united".

But there are two problems. Government is too slow and too inept to deal with such concepts, and the Homosexual lobby does not simply want equal protection under the law. They want to change the definition of "marriage", which is a sacrament of the church, in order that they can feel "normal". With a few notable exceptions ( the Episcopal Church for example ) most church doctrine is very hard to change. It is much easier to change the law, especially with the right people wearing the black robes. So even if the pace of government is too slow to make thoughtful changes to the "law of man", the men in black can force a change in society - and the church - even if such a change violates the will of the people, and the sanctity of the church itself.

Equality under the law can and should prevail and persist as "civil unions". Legal requirements for the Church to redefine the Sacrament of marriage, however, are illegal and will not stand the test of time.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Cepat2 in Los Angeles CA replied:

It has never been, not will be, about equality. It is entirely about preference. All are created equal. Some are just more equal than others. Sound familiar?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Cepat2 in Los Angeles CA replied:

"nor will be..."
mea culpa

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

marion in australia said:

America has certainly slipped in its morality. yes, it is obvious that the Supreme Court is only reflecting the sentiments of the majority of the people at large. America is becoming more corrupt because Americans have corrupted themselves. The whole nation needs to REPENT. Perversions won't be suffered FOREVER by the Supreme Judge of the Universe.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Chris in Wisconsin said:

William Murchison: " Who did this thing? "We the people," in the deepest, most democratic sense, may have done it." Yes, by usurping the power of law making (decide what is good and evil) via the various state & federal constitutions, a power exclusive to God Almighty: "My Law is perfect, you shall not add or subtract therefrom."

And " ... because petitions and rallies and proposals for legislative action are inadequate to the main task at hand, which is the task of changing minds. hanging minds to -- what? Reality, most of all."

It's called repentance.

Like the famous punchline of the joke about the guy selling rabbit crap as "smart pills" when the victim of his enterprise suspiciously said: "Hey, this tastes like crap." He replied: "See that ? You're getting smarter."

First of all, when will you quit acquiescing to the label of "gay" these perverts have chosen for themselves to make their perversion appear more "acceptable" ??!

They're perverts for crying out loud ! Call them what they are and quit your acquiescence to their attempt at softening of their crime !

God Commands as His plan for His people regarding the sexual pervert problem and what is the ONLY solution:

First, there’s the need for the offender to turn back to The Great I Am that became flesh and dwelt among us, with Confession of Him as your salvation and Kinsmen Redeemer, repentance and baptism (full immersion) in His name. Acts 2: 38.

If the sin continues: 1 Corinthians 5: 4-5.

For those who will not repent: Leviticus 18: 22 – 29; 20: 13

The general principle is to rid the land of the evil: "Then all Israel shall hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you." Deuteronomy 13: 11. and 17: 7 "So shall you purge the evil from your midst."

The only solution for this nation is to turn back to Him, His Laws, Statutes and Judgments, His Kingdom/Will on earth."

Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Eleanor in AK said:

Eliminate the tax benefits of marriage, including estate taxes, and suddenly being married will lose its appeal. Repeal the 16th Amendment now.

Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM