And it isn’t. No matter what the State might choose to call it, two guys (and two gals, but for the sake of brevity I shall say only the former and expect you to include the latter) who want to have sex and who exchange paperwork samples at a bureaucrat’s office aren’t married.
Marriage, I unfortunately have to remind you, is the lifetime union (or matrimony) between a man and woman, a state orientated towards procreation. That is the religious view, yes, but also the natural law definition. It must make detractors choke to acknowledge it, but it’s also the scientific designation.
Never mind that, because I’m talking here to those who already know this. For those who refuse to acknowledge these truths, well, you’re welcome to stay, but I’m not interested in a debate over fundamentals today. (See here for that).
Now states have a long history of passing laws calling what is not so “true” and requiring its citizens to play along or else. It’s the “or elses” that I want to talk about.
Good place to start is Ross Douthat’s unconditional surrender. His reasoning in parts is somewhere south of coherent,1 but his predictions are good.
First, the dissolving of religious freedom. Religious bakers will have to bake cakes for the men who want to have sex with men or they will pay fines, face legal harassment, even lose their businesses. “So what,” say the Tolerant, “Serves them right for being bigots.” That the Tolerant are being bigoted themselves is never noticed. Religion, as soon-to-be defined by the “elite” (cue Anthony Kennedy), will be worship in church and not part of a man’s “public identity.” (The Obama administration trotted this out to scattered applause during its contraception “mandate.”)
Second, the closing of charitable religious organizations such as orphanages because they refuse to place children in homes which don’t contain married couples (don’t forget ersatz unions don’t count as marriage). “So what,” say the Tolerant, “Serves those kids right for being near bigots.”
Third, schools and colleges which maintain truth will be sued, especially if they accept any form of state lucre. Those that do will be forced to adopt “sex codes,” affirming man-on-man sex is swell and to be encouraged. This is already happening, incidentally.
Fourth, loss of tax exempt status for religious groups who refuse to participate in state man-on-man ceremonies. The viciously circular argument will be, “Those that refuse aren’t serving the public” (logical fallacies are the last concern of the lust brigade, which is why they shout “bigot!” which also assumes what it wants to prove).
What should those who oppose the state do?
Call real marriage what it is, real marriage, and call the government mandate what it is, (say) “government unions.” This small step will cause fury in the Tolerant. You will lose business (Yours Truly has, and this article won’t help him), but stick to it. You cannot let the enemy control language. This move will also prove that the “other side” does not want mere “marriage equality”, which might have been a reasonable civil compromise, but that they will settle for nothing less than full-throated celebration of their desires and the destruction of all who disagree. This is called “tolerance”.
Do not talk to the media, but use them. Never, never, never grant an interview which you do not control.
Have your church, temple, or mosque (especially mosque) head to a bakery run by men who want to have sex with men and ask them to bake cupcakes for your organization’s party with messages like “Homosexual behavior is sinful”, “Gay sex is disgusting”, “True marriage is one man one woman”, “We love you, but you’re wrong”? I do not kid. Doesn’t have to be a bakery, any business which “serves the public” will do. T-shirts, anything in the fashion industry.
The loss of orphanages will be hard, but make it known to your local community that your organization can find homes for kids, then figure out how to do this. We should not be looking to the government but to ourselves. Strengthen families, not bureaucracies.
Homes school your kids or send them to a faithful parochial school. Get them out of the government’s hands and back into yours. This will be the best money you ever spend.
Accept the loss of tax-exempt status gracefully. It was always a matter of time, anyway. Be more creative about how funds flow into and out of your group so that not everything has to count as income.
Update Be interesting to see what the intelligentsia makes of this case, which pits a woman who wants to have sex with other woman and Muslim barbers (who care nothing about the woman’s proclivities but fret about her biological sex). Screeching at Christians is one thing, but at Muslims? Well, the left’s bravery only goes so far. My bet is with Islam.
Update In the wake of Arizona’s SB 1062, “Jim Crow” is the new “Hitler”. The only thing you can trust the media to do is to get it wrong.
Update Not everybody in the lust brigade is unreasonable in the sense of asking for more state control (which the state is always happy to provide). See this at Reason.com.
Update Long past the point of parody, folks. Judge dismisses witness in Mich. gay marriage trial.
The state had planned on having its first witness — Sherif Girgis — on the stand for up to two hours. Prior to getting dismissed, Girgis spent about 20 minutes on the stand listing his credentials, most of which included lecturing and writing academic papers on the philosophical debate surrounding the definition of marriage. He also has written a book, “What is Marriage, Man & Woman in Defense.”
But [Judge] Friedman dismissed the witness following arguments from the plaintiffs’ side, who noted that Girgis is not a lawyer, child development expert, psychologist or expert in Michigan law. He has no experience in the issues that matter in this case, the plaintiffs argued.
Update From Sheri. “[Male] Gay hair stylist drops [female] New Mexico governor as client because she opposes same-sex marriage”. The media applauds.
1Douthat says, “Christians had plenty of opportunities—thousands of years’ worth—to treat gay people with real charity, and far too often chose intolerance….So being marginalized, being sued, losing tax-exempt status—this will be uncomfortable, but we should keep perspective and remember our sins, and nobody should call it persecution.” Nothing in this paragraph is sensible. Even if sexual “orientation” were a real thing and not just a recent invention, and even if Christians 1,000 years ago chose “intolerance”, what is that to today? Those Christians are dead and the men who wanted to have sex with men are dead. It’s now that counts. Besides, the argument assumes what it sets out to prove, that we should be tolerant of man-on-man sexual behavior even to include “marriage”. And persecution is persecution. Sheesh.