Within a week, courts in California and Texas issued rulings that, when it comes to traditional marriage, suggest that the so-called “alarmists” have actually understated the dangers.
The first was the California Supreme Court’s decision In Re Marriage Cases. As you probably know, the court, by a 4-3 vote, overturned the state’s ban on same-sex “marriage.”
The decision swept aside a referendum passed in 2000. By a more than 3-2 margin, voters had approved the referendum that read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.” The court also concluded that the California domestic-partnership law discriminated against gays.
It did so by finding a “right”—sound familiar?—to marry under the California Constitution. As the majority opinion put it, “An individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation.” Oh my.
If all the talk about “loving and long-term committed relationships” sounds vague to you, you are not alone. In dissent, Justice Marvin Baxter asked, “Who can say that in 10, 15 or 20 years, an activist court might not rely on the majority’s analysis to conclude . . . that the laws prohibiting polygamous and incestuous marriages were no longer constitutionally justified?”
Baxter is right, of course. There is nothing in the California majority opinion that necessarily limits “loving and long-term relationships” to two people, or even people who are unrelated to one another. The biggest impediment is our revulsion at polygamy and incest—revulsions that can be swept aside by activist judges as easily as the millennia-old revulsion toward same-sex “marriage.”
That would only leave the argument that these arrangements pose a threat to the health and well-being of children.
A week later, as if on cue, a Texas appeals court knocked the legs out from underneath that argument. It ruled that the state “overstepped its authority when it removed some of about 460 children from a [much-publicized] polygamist compound” in Texas.
The court ruled that the group’s beliefs, and even its practices, do not put the children in “physical danger.” Neither the court nor the state argued that living in a polygamous setting was, in and of itself, bad for children; their concern was for the potential sexual abuse of underage girls.
Thus, a California court creates a sweeping right to turn any “long-term and loving relationship” into a marriage. And a week later, a Texas court rules that polygamous beliefs, and even practices, are not—per se—harmful to children, unless it puts children in “physical danger.”
To use a suitably biblical phrase, the handwriting is on the wall. The question is: Can we read it? The direction we are headed in is clear.
Happily, there is still a chance to change direction. California voters will vote in a referendum this fall to make “one man, one woman” part of the California constitution. Pray that Christians and right-thinking Californians will turn out in overwhelming numbers to pass this referendum. Because, when it comes to same-sex “marriage,” the four words I never want to say are: “I told you so.”
Saturday, June 7, 2008
This is an excellent article I wanted to post from Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, on his Breakpoint commentary regarding California's court decision, by the hands of judges legislating from the bench, to allow gay marriage in the state and from the decision in Texas regarding the polygamist cult.
The argument is simple, once we redefine marriage for homosexuals, the next redefinition will come by the hands of polygamist. This is a fact that we need to realize. Right now, polygamy is illegal, but once we redefine marriage, polygamist will begin their fight for liberation. And, as our culture will be forced to, it will cave and allow it.
But Colson doesn't really go far enough. The redefinition of marriage doesn't end at homosexuality or polygamy, but every abomination known to man. If we grant rights to these groups, then what is going to stop us from granting rights to those who practice bestiality or even paedophilia? Would the same arguments apply to them? They are not second class citizens, they say, and therefore should be given rights. Government should stay out of the bedroom. We should be tolerate and open to alternative lifestyles. And so on. Sound familiar? It should. It's the same arguments used by homosexuals.
Already, it should be noted, one noted gay activist is already making the claim for bestiality.
And so the question should be, where will this madness end? The answer is written on the wall: It won't! The Christian doctrine of sin and total depravity remind us that man will do whatever he can to practice, legalize, and encourage every form of sin he can come up with. Therefore, the lust of man will never cease until an entire society destroys itself with every form of debauchery.
That may sound intolerant and bigoted, but it is the truth. I have made this point before, and people have told me that those who practice paedophilia are sick and deranged. But isn't that what we said about homosexuality a few decades ago? Homosexuality used to be considered an illness, and now it is considered an "alternative lifestyle." Do not be so naive to think that this trend won't continue, and eventually, American won't have the stomach to say no to anyone.
Mark my words!
Here is Charles Colson article: