I’m not going to pretend to be a socially progressive gay right’s activist. As a Christian, I was once a staunch opponent of same sex marriage because I felt that my religion compelled me. I started supported the idea of gay civil partnerships when I concluded that such did not conflict with my religious beliefs (this was my position until around 2012). After listening to several libertarians, including Julie Borowski, I came around to the libertarian position on marriage. People should be free to marry whoever they wish and the government role in marriage should be severed. This didn’t make sense to me the first time I heard it from Ron Paul. When he said, “get the government out of marriage”, I just thought Oh Ron Paul, that’s your answer to everything. Then I learned more about the history of government involvement in marriage, and learned that states started licensing marriage in the 19th Century in order to stop interracial marriage. I remember a quote from Jesus,
16“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?17“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.…” – St. Matthew 7:17-18
No good has come from government marriage, as it was originally designed to oppress black people. I see no reason why government should remain in marriage. If the left has their way on this, “Marriage Equality” will be their Trojan horse for their true agenda – further centralization and expansion of government at the expense of religious freedom. If the state only grants civil partnerships, as a contract, and marriage is seen legally as a separate issue to be handled privately, then everyone wins (at least, all people of good will). Gays a free to marry, straights are free to marry, and churches and businesses are free to participate or not participate in marriage ceremonies based on their conscience. As we have already seen, as government pushes marriage equality, rather than merely getting out of the way, it punishes cake decorators and whoever else opposes the leftist agenda.
The authoritarian left knows that marriage equality is happening. State by state, individual by individual, and eventually church by church, it is happening. If the left stands back and lets it happen, they lose an opportunity, just like they would have in the 1960s at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Like Civil Rights, the left will not let progress happen without jumping on the opportunity to pass new laws eroding states’ rights, eroding religious freedom, as well as pushing the US Supreme Court to engage in further judicial activism. For the left, this is no more about marriage equality than it was about racial equality in the 1960s. It’s about big government, identity politics, pseudo-intellectual bigotries, and judicial activism. Furthermore, if they have their way, marriage equality will be a wedge issue for decades to come, and gay people will pay the price. Consider the Civil Rights movement. As controversial civil rights legislation was passed and the US Constitution eroded, black progress came to a screeching halt! They came so far in the 1950s and 60s. Schools were starting to integrate, blacks were starting to get elected, and others were starting successful businesses. But then it stopped. Whites were coming around to integration and equality in concept, but affirmative action caused deep resentment. It also allowed the right to find new ways of race-bating, such as the references to “welfare queens” in order to convince low income whites to vote against their own interests.
This is why I would encourage marriage equality advocates to push for this state by state, preferably by referendum. They won’t win every time, but there’s always another election cycle. This should not be federally mandated, nor pushed by an unelected panel of 9 judges. I’d especially encourage marriage equality activists to oppose punishments for private individuals, businesses, or religious groups who disagree. You don’t legitimize your cause by engaging in the same kinds of bigotry you seek to end.
People are coming around to marriage equality, and more will be persuaded simply because it’s the right thing to do. The arguments against gay marriage are actually rather weak. As a Christian, I can tell you that I am not persuaded by Old Testament bans on homosexual sex. That same Old Testament bans pork, and I had sausage with my breakfast. Those Old Testament laws were given by Moses to the ancient Jews in the context of about 1500 BC. Homosexuality was banned, along with all other kinds of sex that was not reproductive. This is because in ancient times, it was absolutely crucial to the health of a nation for people to have as many children as possible. This is also why they practiced polygamy. We don’t practice polygamy now (well, most of us). In an overpopulated world, who are homosexuals hurting?
Now what this man is doing is most commendable!