Written by: C. Dallas Menger
We are never going to get the Federal Government out of our lives if we can’t get them out of our heads. OK, so nine people in robes decided the marriage issue for over 318 million people. The decentralist in me finds that outrageous. But so what?
If traditional marriage was created by God and an earthly governmental body strays from that definition, then who’s correct? God is the ultimate power, right? The Federal Government doesn’t have the moral authority to define anything let alone marriage. This is the same Federal government that brought us Vietnam and Iraq; the same Federal government that’ll throw you in jail having the wrong plant on your person; the same federal government that claims it can kill American citizens without a trial and spy on you via the NSA.
“But what if the courts make it OK to marry your sister?” OK good luck to anyone that tries that… their kids will have IQs around 50 and have 7 fingers. “But what if the courts make polygamy legal?” It’s hard enough having one wife busting your chops. (I’m married to a wonderful woman BTW who never busts my chops). Those marriages are rare not because they are illegal but because most people don’t want to “share” their spouse. “But what if left wing activists try to sue churches for discrimination if they don’t perform gay weddings?” In this case just do what Rush Limbaugh said; don’t mention your religious objections just say you’re “afraid of violent reactions from extreme Muslims”. Who can argue with that? Jokes aside, left leaning authoritarians will use this ruling to for their own ends. Until that tyranny manifests itself we won’t know how to fight it.
It’s important not to forget how we got to this point. Frederic Bastiat said (paraphrasing) ‘when a government gets big and powerful, interest groups will fight each other for control over it.’ The idea of government marriage licensing is less than 100 years old. It was done to keep interracial couples from getting married. Christians should have fought to get government out of marriage right then. Also, in the 1990s right leaning politicians wanted to “encourage marriage”. So rather than reducing government, they tried to do social engineering though governmental privileges. According to one report there are currently 1,123 federal government benefits not available to un-married couples. It was easy for the left to make the case that it was unfair that these benefits weren’t available to non-traditional couples; hence the push for Gay Marriage.
The purpose of marriage however, is not to obtain government benefits. It’s to provide the best structure to raise a family. Study after study show the best environment is a traditional, intact, two-parent, one father, one mother family. This is indisputable.
No one knows how this is going to turn out. Maybe 95% of gay and lesbian marriages will end in divorce and it’ll nullify itself. Maybe there will be millions of GLBT people in mutually beneficial unions that last. Would that be so bad? Who cares what the politicians call these unions? The real work is not fixing the federal government but fixing traditional marriages (decreasing the divorce rate). Raising good kids, improving the Christian culture, and doing what Christian have always done which is being charitable and forgiving.