Is, Marriage, an Institution from Time Immemorial, About to Be Changed?
Over the past decade, a debate has emerged about same-sex unions, whether those unions can truly be called marriage, and what the fallout of redefining marriage will be. According to a recent poll, a majority of Americans now believe that the redefinition of marriage is “inevitable.” Yet, another recent poll indicates most Americans support the Defense of Marriage Act, which is a federal law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman:
[T]he results of a new poll conducted by HuffPost/YouGov showing that 45% of Americans believe the Supreme Court should uphold the Defense of Marriage Act while only 41% believe it should be overturned.
So what do we make of the poll indicating a redefinition of marriage is “inevitable?”
As Heritage’s Ryan T. Anderson reminds us, nothing in history is “inevitable.” The future will be affected by choices made today. More importantly, there is no such thing as being on the right or wrong side of history; there is only being on the right or wrong side of truth.
Anderson has argued that “marriage is founded on the anthropological truth that men and women are different and complementary, the biological fact that the union of a man and woman also creates new life, and the social reality that children need a mom and a dad.”
He has explained:
At its most basic level, marriage is about attaching a man and a woman to each other as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their sexual union produces.
Marriage is the fundamental building block of all human civilization. The government does not create marriage. Marriage is a natural institution that predates government.
Marriage is an institution that has existed from time immemorial. Advocates of so-called same-sex marriage jump the gun to assume that a heated, decade-long debate will “inevitably” be resolved in their favor.
The notion that same-sex relationships should be called “marriage” is competing with all the wisdom and truth observed about marriage – across cultures – accumulated throughout all the previous decades of human history.
Throughout human history, marriage is and has been an institution that benefits society in a way that no other relationship does, Anderson explains. Moreover, it’s society’s least restrictive means to ensure the well-being of future citizens.
Marriage is worth defending and preserving.
The best outcome will certainly not come about by conceding defeat on this most critical issue. Anderson suggests that the real question “is not what will happen but what we should do.”
And how will we undertake this task? Anderson gives the following advice:
Whatever pollsters and pundits may tell us about “inevitability,” the only way to guarantee a political loss is to sit idly by. We should frame our message, strengthen coalitions, devise strategies, and bear witness.