Kudos to Newt Gingrich for helping reframe the debate on same sex marriage in last night’s Republican debate. The question is the definition of marriage, not one of civil rights.
It was a question from a Yahoo News reader: “Given that you oppose gay marriage, what do you want gay people to do who want to form loving, committed, long-term relationships? What is your solution?”
After explaining his views on rights that same-sex couples should have, he then expounded on the question. He said the biased establishment media loves to ask questions about tolerance for homosexuals, but doesn’t ever ask about tolerance for religion. He then gave several examples of homosexual bigotry, starting with, “You don’t hear the opposite question asked. Should the Catholic church be forced to close its adoption services in Massachusetts because it won’t accept gay couples? Which is exactly what the state has done.” He then concluded by saying, “There is a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is concern on the other side.” Amen.
The bigotry of some in the gay community against religion is deep, bitter, and very serious. When I looked up reporting of Gingrich’s answer, I found a website for On Top Magazine, where a commenter basically distilled the issue into one of Gay Rights vs. Religion, saying that religion would die out as gay rights movement moves forward. This is how some of them view this. You need look no further than some of the violence and bigotry in California by gays over the voting on Proposition 8 to get a tiny glimps of how virulent this bigotry can become. No, sanctioning same-sex marriage won’t be a step toward ending bigotry, but will be a giant step in promoting it.
And I was pleased to see Mitt Romney reference the many other problems that same sex marriage could introduce. The ramifications of this “little” change in the definition of marriage are far-reaching, affecting education, churches, adoptive services, and our entire social structure. I think this should be the focus of our arguments in resisting this. We would be entering uncharted territory as a society, to embrace this. Where in human history has this been done before? Nowhere. Will it unravel the very fabric of society? We frankly don’t know, but we suspect it might.