"A Victory for Equality and Justice," blared
the headline above the editorial. "Momentous,"
"historic," "a major victory for civil rights,"
"a scrupulously fair ruling based on law, precedents
and common sense."
This was the ecstatic reaction of
the New York Times to the California Supreme
Court`s declaration that homosexuals have a right to
marry and have their unions recognized as marriages.
Now there may be hugging around the
newsroom at the Times, where
one senior writer said, a few years back,
three-fourths of the folks who make up the front page
are gay. But this is just another streetlight on
America`s darkening path to perdition as a society and
To declare that homosexuals can
marry is patently absurd. The very definition of
marriage is the union of a man and woman, first and
foremost, for the procreation of children.
To say two men who live together
and engage in sex can be married renders the idea and
ideal of marriage meaningless. The court may declare it,
but it cannot redefine an institution that nature and
nature`s God have already defined. As they say in Texas,
you can put lipstick and earrings on a pig, and call her
Peggy Sue, but it`s still a pig.
"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man
Christ taught. Through the
Old Testament and into the
epistles of St. Paul, homosexual sodomy is an
abomination leading to personal destruction and
damnation, one of the
five sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance. How,
then, can four judges declare it to be integral to the
sacrament of marriage?
Well, we don`t believe all that
rot, comes the reply.
Fine, but Christianity is the
Western Civilization. Since the fall of Rome to our
own time, nations have believed and acted on the belief
that marriage and traditional families are the
cinderblocks on which a society must be built. When
these cinderblocks crumble, the society collapses. The
truth has been borne out in our own time.
With a third of all children born
out of wedlock—50 percent of all
Hispanic kids, 70 percent of
black kids—and half of all marriages ending in
divorce, the social indicators have recorded
explosions—in crime, violence, drug and alcohol abuse,
gang membership, and
The correlation between prison
inmates and broken homes, or homes never created, is
absolute. What armies of social scientists with
six-figure salaries today tell us, 12-year-olds knew 50
Setting aside the risibility of the
court`s conduct, consider what it says about us as a
We are supposed to be a
"Here, sir, the people rule."
Elected representatives write our laws.
Yet, no Congress or state
legislature ever voted to declare
homosexual unions a marriage. The idea has
everywhere been rejected. Wherever it has been on the
ballot, same-sex marriage has been voted down. In the 13
states where it was on the ballot in 2004, it was
defeated by 58 percent to 85 percent—the last figure
rolled up in Mississippi, where
black Christian pastors told their flocks to go
out and vote down the abomination.
Californians have consistently
expressed their opposition and
voted against recognizing the idea of homosexual
marriages and granting the benefits of married couples
to same-sex unions. What is bigotry at the Times
is common sense to most Americans.
Four of seven justices unearthed
this right by consulting what Orwell called their
"smelly little orthodoxies." They then decided
to overturn the expressed will of the voters, declare
their opinion law and order the state of California to
begin recognizing homosexual unions as marriages. And
they did it because they know the Times types will hail
them as the newest Earl Warrens.
Not long ago, a governor of
California would have laughed at the court and told the
justices to go surfing, and ordered state officials not
to issue the marriage licenses. The voters would have
put the names of the four justices on the ballot in
November and thrown them off the court, as they did
Chief Justice Rose Bird, a generation ago.
We used to have executives and
legislators like that.
Thomas Jefferson came into office
and declared the
Alien and Sedition Acts null and void, released all
editors from jail, and refused to prosecute any more or
to enforce the law.
Andrew Jackson said of the great chief justice:
"John Marshall has made his decision. Now let him
In 2004, San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom handed out
marriage licenses to thousands of homosexuals.
Today, conservative mayors in California, if there are
any, might engage in similar civil disobedience against
judicial usurpation of the
legislative power that belongs to elected
representatives and the people.
What`s sauce for the goose, etc.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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