This has been a busy week for marriage. On Sunday the Vice President threw in his support behind homosexual men or women wanting to marry in any state; “absolutely comfortable” he insisted. With much hand wringing, members of the press empathized with the difficult situation the President must be in. Having made no such endorsement himself, he would once again have to bring his unpredictable second-in-command to heel.
But on Monday when Education Secretary Arne Duncan seconded Mr. Biden’s support, I suspected the fix was in: the Biden and Duncan remarks were oval office trial balloons to see how the nation would react. Sure enough, today Mr. Obama went public.
“I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue. I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. At a certain point I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
Meanwhile, yesterday in the great state of North Carolina, the citizenry disagreed. About 61% of its voters approved an amendment to their constitution specifying that the marriage can only be between a man and a woman. That makes 30 out of 50 states that have made it official.
Same-sex couples should have the legal and legitimate rights due any citizen, but offering them marriage is not for the government to do. Marriage belongs to God, not the federal or state government. It’s an institution that predates 1776, one God made for the joy of men and women and the propagation of children.
The push for same-sex marriage is simply an early step on a continuum which does–and will, trivialize marriage. For example, in March of this year Nadine Schweigert married herself in Fargo, N.D. Seriously. She actually had a ceremony in front of 45 family members and friends in which she vowed, “to enjoy inhabiting my own life and to relish a lifelong love affair with my beautiful self.” Then she went off on a honeymoon. With herself. Trivializing marriage.
…a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one (Genesis 2:24). man…, wife…, united into one.