Saturday, July 3, 2010

With Friends Like These . . . | 2010

David Blankenhorn's book, The Future of Marriage is excellent. The careful case it makes against same-sex marriage and for marriage as our key pro-child institution--as opposed to the likes of Stephanie Coontz and Judith Stacey, who oppose marriage as an institution but support same sex marriage as a path to the institution's disintegration--is excellent. All the more effective rhetorically because the author is a liberal.

But his performance as key witness in the California trial to overthrow Proposition 8 was indescribably pathetic. The case's result is not in doubt. Now the issue will undoubtedly go to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will decide whether same-sex marriage as a new legal right will be imposed nationwide on a population that has shown again and again through the democratic process that it is overwhelmingly opposed to it. Another nail in the coffin of American democracy? And of marriage? If Justice Anthony Kennedy is true to form, the eventual ruling could be as destructive of marriage as an institution as Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey have been to human life and the right to life

With Friends Like These . . . | 2010

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