Here are some stunning developments in the culture. Gallop reports that 53% of the population now supports same-sex marriage. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, told Marvin Olasky that the battle against same-sex marriage in this country is "probably lost." Bottom line: "I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture."
This prompted a number of reflections in me. One, however, was that it is not just same-sex marriage. That opens the floodgates. Hence my Worldmag column this week: "Marriage Equality Floodgates."
The argument from the innovators gos this way:
...there are these marriages out there, but some are legally recognized while others are not. It’s just baseless discrimination, they say. As a consequence, some get inheritance advantages, tax breaks, employer benefits, and visitation rights in the emergency room, whereas others do not. So let’s just treat all marriages the same way.
Here is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo making the case:
To which I respond:
“all marriages” is an expandable concept limited only by the imagination. If Americans make their peace with same-sex marriage, there is no logical reason that marriage should not include any combination of people in any number. Incest? Polygamy? A cultic, free-love commune? Why not? People who are presently in incestuous and polygamous relationships are waiting in the wings, eager to get in on this “marriage equality.”
One cheeky commenter on the column quipped: "LGBTQ marriage is discriminatory. It blatantly discriminates against LGBPTQSI marriage, not to mention LGBPTQASIF civil unions," and "Let’s sanction LBBTQENGUFDNSRIJSD#$&%@RZXPWV+SOI@#$! marriage and civil unions too, at public school expense!!! How would that hurt YOUR marriage, anyway? We are all equal or not."
The left-wing Slate magazine back in 2003 saw the logic as clear as a bright day in San Francisco (“Incest repellent? If gay sex is private, why isn’t incest?). And polygamy? The lobbying effort in popular culture is already operating full tilt on HBO’s Big Love, a successful show that concluded its last of five seasons in March.
Of course, children will suffer the most, as they always do in liberal social experiments. Read Freedom's Orphans by my colleague David Tubbs. But aside from that, Daly is right: "I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture."