An excellent, full-throttled expose and analysis. The opening quotation from Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court ruling (Sept. 4, 2014) against the Indiana & Wisconsin laws restricting marriage to a man and woman gives the reason why:
"The state [Wisconsin] does not mention Justice Alito’s invocation [in the Windsor case] of a moral case against same-sex marriage, when he states in his dissent that ‘others explain the basis for the institution in more philosophical terms. They argue that marriage is essentially the solemnizing of a comprehensive, exclusive, permanent union that is intrinsically ordered to producing new life, even if it does not always do so.’ [US v. Windsor, 133 S.Ct. 2675, 2718 (2013).] That is a moral argument for limiting marriage to heterosexuals. The state does not mention the argument because as we said, it mounts no moral arguments against same-sex marriage.” [Baskin v. Bogan, 766 F.3d 648, 669 (7th Cir. 2014) (emphasis added).]Why are no moral arguments offered by the defenders of bona fide marriage? Because of moral cowardice and sloth. It takes some intellectual effort to argue for something that was always taken to be obvious. Presuppositions need to be unearthed and examined. And when the tide has turned against the obviousness of what was once taken for obvious, it takes moral fortitude to stand against the mocking crowds.
There is no dearth of sound arguments, and time is ultimately on the side of tradition, even though the interim will likely be a bloodbath:
The homosexual movement will not succeed in the long run. Dream worlds do not last. They invariably turn into nightmares from which people eventually wake themselves. How long that takes and how much damage it incurs in the meantime will depend partly on us.[Hat tip to JM]
Reflecting on his experiences in Nazi Germany where he had been imprisoned, Heinrich Rommen wrote: “When one of the relativist theories is made the basis of a totalitarian state, man is stirred to free himself from the pessimistic resignation that characterizes these relativist theories and to return to his principles.” We have the means at hand to return to this country’s first principles: they are called “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” We need them now as much as did our Founders. Let us return to them forthwith -- before it is too late.