A friend commented on the Massachusetts “gay marriage” business:
Gay “marriage” is a lost cause; on the scale of mortal sin, it ranks less than abortion (though its overall civilizational effect may be just as great), so the furor it arouses seems to be less; and no one seems able to articulate any persuasive argument against it in the public sphere.
I suppose part of the problem is that the abortion decision made judicial outrages in things having to do with sex and reproduction the norm, the failure of the anti-abortion movement made failure the norm, and the continued need for the anti-abortion movement probably means that most people who are traditionalist on these things are already maxed out in their efforts to “take back America.”
I think the civilizational effect will be greater, though. What relation that has to the question of sin I don’t know. “Gay marriage” radically changes what has to be honored in everyday life. Abortion isn’t publicized, but “gay marriage” means that children have to be taught from their earliest years, in order to have a competent grasp of basic social institutions, that every configuration of sexual impulse and conduct has to be equally esteemed. The bit about NYC schoolgirls in the previous entry suggests some implications. Also, “gay marriage” is a greater denial of nature. Plenty of species eat their young under some conditions, but undoing a billion years of sexual differentiation seems a bit much. There have been highly civilized societies with infanticide, but no previous society of any sort with anything like this.
As to arguments in the public sphere, I think we folded decades ago with acceptance of contraception, no-fault divorce, and feminism—the notions that sexual relations and marriage are a matter of personal expression, and sex distinctions have no legitimate social role. Nonetheless, we should continue to fight. “Gay marriage” is something that cannot be conceded if we are to continue to view ourselves as participants in American society.