Refusing to Stay Silent: A Millennial Case for Marriage


citizenRyan Anderson and Andrew Walker of the Heritage Foundation are featured this month on the front page of Citizen, the Focus on the Family magazine.

One of the great lines from their article: "There’s no such thing as being on the “right” or “wrong” side of history. There’s only being on the right or wrong side of truth."


Here's how their article begins:

Two of the younger conservative voices in the nation explain why marriage needs to be preserved for the next generation—their own.

The media claim we don’t exist. OK, that’s a slight exaggeration. But after all, we’re Millennials, born during the Reagan administration. We’re supposed to be of the generation that is embracing same-sex marriage in droves.

Instead, we’re standing strong on upholding the truth about what marriage is.

We’ve been asked—repeatedly—whether the position we’re promoting is pointless. Are we willing to endure cultural scorn for holding to a position as supposedly outmoded as natural marriage?

Politicos and pundits offer hyperbolic missives on how conservatives are losing young Americans, who are likely to be more libertarian on social issues. The preferred talking point is to assert the demise of the opposition; Same-sex marriage is “inevitable.”

A justly revered conservative columnist, George F. Will, has said twice on ABC’s “This Week” that opposition to same-sex marriage is a dying trait. “Quite literally,” he said, “the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people.”

Tweet to Mr. Will: Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated. #NotDeadYet

Read the rest here.


  1. zack
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Im 21 years old, i believe Marriage is between a man and a woman and i don't plan on dying.

  2. zack
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    That was beautifully written.

  3. Will Fisher
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Making an argument against legalizing SSM, yes. However, these two gentlemen represent the exception that proves the rule.

  4. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Excellent piece. The comparison between the abortion debate and the marriage debate is well worth noting. Many people become more conservative as they mature. They grow wiser, especially if they have children. They want to protect life, and they want their grandchildren to be protected by true marriage. They want their children and grandchildren to know their lineage, their place in history and the world. These are but a few of the noble purposes of true marriage.

  5. Pair0dox
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    This is a really interesting reflection on the "culture war" around sexuality, including (indirectly) gay marriage. Certainly relevant to the the shifting cultural landscape, and whether the youth of today favor amoral libertinism.

    It does not take one side or the other, but simply discusses how our attitudes towards what the meaning and purpose of sexuality affects our political outlook.

  6. Concerned
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    "There’s no such thing as being on the “right” or “wrong” side of history. There’s only being on the right or wrong side of truth." What an awesome statement and so true. It is actually the next generation that needs to be most concerned about the future of our country. They are the ones who are going to have to live with all the backlash of lost and confused children who have been brainwashed into thinking that they need to try out homosexuality to see if it is a lifestyle that will fit for them. That is what the schools will be teaching.

  7. Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Well, young people will "inherit" the Earth, in a way. So, it is up to them to vote according to the consequences they are willing to accept.

  8. B DeCicco
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    The whole "wrong side of history" argument is dying for SSM anyway. It was ill-conceived to begin with, and a bad argument against upholders of traditional marriage.

  9. LonesomeRhoades
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Two real men with conviction, character!

  10. Richard
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Not only is the "wrong side of history" argument alive and well, it is now championed by none other than George Will when he says, and I paraphrase, that the argument against gay marriage is dying. It is doing so because those who argue this are old and dying.

  11. northerner
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Kudos to the youth and all on the right side of truth.

  12. flanoggin
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    I agree----but unfortunately you are NOT on the right side of truth----sorry---but someone needs to point it out

  13. Randy E King
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    "Science doesn't support same-sex marriage."

    George Will

  14. Posted May 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    You, and everyone is dying, Richard; and that's just natural. It proves nothing.

  15. Zack
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    The truth is that Marriage as it stands cannot be redefined by mortal man. Touting the law as saying otherwise is rather narcissistic.

    In order to stop school bullying, encourage the children to stand up for themselves and fight back if need be. To stop a man who is brandishing a firearm in order to do harm onto others, encourage people to carry firearms where they walk so that they may defend themselves. These are truths, not emotional solutions to feel good about oneself.

  16. northerner
    Posted May 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I support truth so I must be on the right side - sorry - but I needed to point that out.

  17. Andrew
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Wow the comments here are suddenly so positive! I can't imagine why that would be.

  18. bman
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    northerner->I support truth so I must be on the right side - sorry - but I needed to point that out.

    How long have you been infallible?

  19. northerner
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    bman - you probably should pose your question to flanoggin. I never said I was infallible. I've only state my support for truth.

  20. bman
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    northerner->bman - ...I never said I was infallible. I've only state my support for truth.

    It looks like I mistook the meaning of your post.

    You apparently meant, "whoever is on the side of truth is on the right side," which is a correct statement.

    My apologies for the misinterpretation.

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