The consequences of redefining marriage are formidable and grave, Michael Brown recently wrote at Charisma News. Brown pointed out some of the absurdities of California's new law deleting the "biased" and "outdated" terms "husband" and "wife" from the state's marriage law. The terms have been replaced with "spouse."
Women cannot be fathers and men cannot be mothers, Brown wrote. He argued that marriage cannot be redefined unless words that are foundational to our existence are rendered meaningless:
Allow me to make some very simple statements...
Note to California: A woman cannot be a father and a man cannot be a mother.
Further note to California: The terms "husband and wife" are neither discriminatory nor outdated.
Further, further note to California: Your social experiment will fail.
I do not deny that there are same-sex couples who love each other deeply and who are committed to each other long-term, and I do not deny that there are same-sex couples who are absolutely devoted to their children.
I am simply pointing out that their union cannot rightly be called "marriage" (regardless of what the courts might say) without rendering foundational words and concepts meaningless, a sure recipe for cultural chaos.
To repeat: The implications of redefining marriage are staggering, and those of us who love and cherish marriage and family need to redouble our efforts and renew our courage to stand up for what is right and what is best, making a fresh determination to swim against the current flood tide of semantic and social confusion.
True marriage and family will prevail in the end.
The "cultural chaos" to which Brown referred is what has brought about intolerance and bigotry toward those who believe in marriage between one man and one woman.