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The marriage battle

"The marriage battle" Continued...

Issue: "The brain trust," June 30, 2012

Some gay activists regularly call you all kinds of obscene names. How does that affect you? It saddens me, but it's not about me. It's directed at everyone who has this understanding of marriage. The debates are like ships crossing in the night. The most important question for gays is, "What do you think about gay people?" When they are fighting a battle they need a villain: Otherwise, you don't have the right drama. I've accepted it. I'm not willing to live in an America where you have to be afraid to say the ideal for a child is a mom and dad.

In the 1990s support for abortion and homosexuality tended to go up or down in tandem. In the past decade the young have become more pro-life, but also more supportive of same-sex marriage. When I was 18 they said that an opponent of abortion was a hater of women: "You're calling my sister a murderer." But the left can't stigmatize everyone all the time. Also, abortion was politically expensive for liberalism generally. I'm not taking away the enormous achievement of the pro-life movement in developing a language, but it's not that "we found some good words and now we are winning." And, the environment will shift again, especially if we outlaw abortion. Now, every teen who might be gay who kills himself is a front page story. You'd start hearing that about women who died because of abortion laws.

How do you think the same-sex marriage battle will turn out? The future doesn't look like the present just extended. It's possible that in 10 years young gay people will feel safe and say, "This whole marriage thing was my parents' battle. I don't care about it anymore." We already see gay marriage withering in the Netherlands. Marriage will not become a dominant institution in the gay community. It's a symbol right now of equal, fair, loving treatment-but the debate is not about marriage. It's about something else for the gay community overall.

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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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