Every single public policy issue facing the country today requires some explanation in order for the public to understand — and support — the conservative position. Yes, some issues are simpler than others. Some would think economic matters are the easiest — it doesn’t get much more fundamental than the notion that massive government debt isn’t a good idea. Yet how is that working out for Americans at the local, state, and federal level? Governments at all levels are drowning in debt.
Marriage is an issue that conservatives have written a great deal about over the last fifteen years, and I’d argue that what’s been penned in the past six months has been as impressive as anything the conservative movement has ever produced on any issue. And the material is still coming. Since the Supreme Court’s attempt to legislate marriage law for the entire country last Friday, even more articles have been added to the library (I’ve linked to many of them here).
Last week Stella Morabito posted a piece over at The Federalist that isn’t easy to excerpt — there’s so much important material in it. Here’s the title and lead:
15 Reasons ‘Marriage Equality’ Is About Neither Marriage Nor Equality
Don’t fall for the ‘marriage equality’ sales pitch. It’s a deception.
Here is her opening — but let me encourage you to read the entire list of 15 reasons that follows it:
Same-sex marriage is a notion that contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction. I doubt many have thought this through, with the ironic exception of the elites who have been pushing the agenda the hardest.
Most people are weary of it all and going along to get along, especially since dissent has become such a socially expensive proposition, almost overnight. That in itself should deeply concern anyone who values freedom of expression.
Sure, true believers scattered across the land really do think the entire project ends with allowing same-sex couples to marry. Most persist in the blind faith that a federal ban on the standard definition of marriage will have no negative effect on family autonomy and privacy. That’s a pipe dream.
The same-sex marriage agenda is more like a magic bullet with a trajectory that will abolish civil marriage for everyone, and in doing so, will embed central planning into American life. And that, my friends, is the whole point of it. Along with Obamacare, net neutrality, and Common Core, genderless marriage is a blueprint for regulating life, particularly family life.
The Rainbow’s Arc
Unintended consequences usually come about when we are ignorant or maybe lazy about a course of action. But we usually crash land after following an arc of logic, which in this case has gone largely undiscerned and unaddressed in the public square.
Americans are in a fog about how marriage equality will lead to more central planning and thought policing. This is partly because the media and Hollywood only provide slogans to regurgitate while academics and judges push politically correct speech codes to obey.
Let’s explore the fallout of that arc of faulty logic. Included below are some 15 of the gaping holes in the “marriage equality” reasoning that Americans have not thought through…
Read more: The Federalist
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