For decades, the homosexual lobby (the minority) has tried to impose its will on the general public (the majority), primarily through the courts. Ignoring the will of the people as expressed by state legislatures, the homosexual lobby has persuaded judges the will of the people should be overturned. The majority seems to offer little resistance, leaving the task to such organizations as the National Organization for Marriage, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council.
It appears that the majority doesn’t care, but they do. The problem is the majority is busy making a living. They are neither entertainers, corporate heads nor sports figures with time on their hands to protest.
Polls tell us the percentage of Americans who favor homosexual marriage is approaching 50 percent. I don’t believe it. It’s true, however, that since Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago, 17 other states and the District of Columbia have followed suit.
Even in the Bible belt, the LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/Transgender) lobby appears to be making inroads. Georgia is a targeted state, aided by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and U.S. Representative John Lewis. In the past few months, the city councils of Oxford, Starkville and Hattiesburg, Miss., (all college towns) have passed resolutions praising “diversity” and declaring support for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But we’re still talking about political elites, not regular folks.
Jerry Falwell, thou shouldst be living at this hour. America hath need of thee. She is a fen of moral confusion. Her pulpits are silent. Her chambers of commerce care only about commerce. Her political parties care only about votes, got any way possible. You were despised, but you had a voice whose sound was like the sea. You cheerfully accepted the pies in your face. Clarity and steadfastness were your province.
If only the same could be said for politicians. Only two years ago, opposition to same sex marriage was the official position of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Why did they change? Because that’s what convictionless office seekers do.
Of course, the problem is that those who change their positions because of polls had no convictions in the first place. That’s what is sad about the matter.
Establishment Republicans are essentially going silent on the issue. GOP Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania decided not to appeal a court ruling two weeks ago that allowed same sex marriage. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey did the same. Is possible GOP candidate Rand Paul being squishy when he says the GOP, to get bigger, will have to learn to disagree on social issues? Time will tell.
It’s still true that he who frames the question wins the debate. Same-sex marriage supporters have framed the issue as marriage equality, but the true frame is biology. Every homosexual exists because of heterosexuality. Talk about two mommies or two dads all we want, everybody — everybody — has a mother and a father. What does this tell us about nature’s immutable plan?
Another proper frame is the slippery slope argument. Proponents of homosexual marriage argue legalizing homosexual marriage would not lead to polygamy, but how could it not? It’s hard to argue two men or two women can marry but one man and multiple women can’t. If a man can love a man or a woman a woman, why can’t a man love three women, marry them and enjoy recognition of the state? To quote the screaming Mrs. Clinton, “What does it matter?”
Today, there is no greater a silencer of free speech than the homosexual lobby and their fawning sympathizers, particularly the sports and corporate worlds. (Why are these two entities so inclined? It’s us regular Joe’s that buy their tickets and their products. Hhmm!) When Miami Dolphins player Don Jones tweeted the word “horrible” upon seeing the homosexual kiss of NFL draftee Michael Sam and his boyfriend, he was fined, suspended and sent to “educational training.” When anyone is punished because he finds man-to-man mouth kissing on television objectionable, we have become a thought-police state.
This is the reason traditionalists must push back. Speaking out against the cowardly, cowering sports world, pestering elected officials and supporting traditional marriage organizations are all good ways to start.
According to the liberal website Politico, 82 percent of Republicans believe in traditional marriage. Aha! So it’s liberal courts making it look like the majority prefers same sex marriage when it really doesn’t. The GOP will lose its conservative base in 2016 if they disregard this revelation.
Traditionalists aren’t prone to protest (they’re at work, remember), but they seldom fail to vote. Maybe they aren’t AWOL after all. Maybe the Republican establishment will find out.
Roger Hines is a retired high school English teacher in Kennesaw.