Supporters of marriage have for years predicted that redefining the institution to encompass same-sex relationships would permanently alter its child-centered purpose and imperil religious liberty. Though born of historical knowledge, experience, and logic, these predictions have been met with derisive mockery by the purveyors of same-sex marriage. But after the recent oral arguments at the high court, we can finally put to rest the pretense that their project will have no harmful consequences in the real world.
Chief Justice John Roberts, very early on in the argument, noted that same-sex marriage advocates are not seeking merely to join an existing institution but rather to change its core definition. In response, an attorney representing petitioners in the case waxed eloquent about the 14th Amendment and its “enduring guarantees,” which are irrelevant to the question. The only honest answer would have been a simple “Yes, that is true. We are intentionally seeking to transform marriage forever, most notably its purpose and its effects. And it is our contention that the Constitution requires this.”
That such a frank admission was not forthcoming is understandable—it would have been politically unpalatable. But counsel’s silence on the matter still spoke volumes. Truth may make for poor press on the grandest litigation stage, but that does not mean that those with eyes to see and ears to hear cannot discover it.
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Same-sex marriage advocates do mean to change marriage—in fact, it is the movement’s very reason for being. But perhaps even more ominous than the confirmation of this long-obvious fact was the revelation that an invented constitutional right to same-sex marriage almost certainly would endanger the religious liberty of those who refuse to compromise their belief that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.
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