Wrote one columnist, Allison Hantschel, "What the Supreme Court in California did two weeks ago was merely affirm what Americans have always known: that under the law in this land, we are all of us safe, all of us equal, all of us protected - all of us, or none of us is."
As soon as gay marriages are legitimized the world over, will we get to turn our attention to the next-most-important-fight-for-individual-rights hoping to redefine the concept of marriage?
Who will it be? Fathers who father children by their daughters? Child pornographers who think kids are cute? Insert-anything-worse-here-as-long-as-it's-consensual, etc.? Why not open the field of marriage wide open to all who have a personal fetish (perversion, really) and could benefit from the tax (and other) benefits associated with being recognized by the State? Until we are willing to consider all possible views of marriage as legitimate, Allison Hantschel's hopeful statement cannot be fully realized.
But at what cost do we accept and legitimize each personal interpretation of marriage? Does society have a moral fabric? Should it? Who sets the standards? What's right and what's wrong? Are right and wrong different today than they were yesterday? Are there no certainties or absolutes in this world?
If your stomach is turning a little at any of what I've written, I apologize for painting such an ugly picture. My mind tries to look as far down a line of logic as possible to consider the most likely outcome. The sad truth is that what seems appalling and repugnant today often passes as mainstream tomorrow.
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but there are forces and organizations, perhaps merely individuals at this point, who would destroy all that is dear and good and right in the world, and they would do it in the name of so-called rights, they would do it under the banner of the United States' Constitution, they would do it in the name of God.
Furthermore, the people who would do these sorts of things will also stop at nothing to smear the good names of all who try to oppose them. Is the reason why we have such a large silent majority because we are afraid of being publicly smeared as bigots or chauvinists or supremacists?
In 1995, the now late President Gordon B. Hinckley read a statement entitled, The Family: A Proclamation to the World, which provides a solid rock upon which we can build our definition of marriage and family in a context which uplifts and edifies. I quote in part:
We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
Time forbids me to write much more than I have. Let me finish by saying that I do not hate homosexuals. I believe that all of us are children of a loving Heavenly Father, that we were created in His image, that we are accountable to Him for our actions, that He has commanded us to be chaste and pure and virtuous, that though we have challenges in this life--temptations to act against His will for us--He has provided us grace (spiritual strength) through the gift of His Son Jesus Christ whereby we can avoid sin, repent when we do sin, and ultimately become clean and pure.