The editors of National Review have an editorial in the latest issue on the gay marriage issue, and especially the conservative response. They note that some conservatives seem to have capitulated on the issue, mentioning Jonah Goldberg, David Horowitz, and George Will, by name. They also mention House Speaker Denny Hastert.
I agree with them that marriage is worth saving, and arguments against political action to save marriage are shortsighted and wrong. But I also think that the battle is already lost.
How can I say that? Because, ultimately I believe that the only really convincing arguments against gay marriage are religious in nature and you’re not going to convince secular agnostics otherwise. You can talk about the complementarity of the sexes and the fact that family is the building block of society all you want, but they will have equally compelling arguments on their side because eveything is subjective to them.
The real argument against gay marriage is that is contrary to God’s law, that it does violence to the family as the image of the Trinity, that it contradicts the Bible’s prohibitions on homosexuality, that it violates the image of man and woman becoming one flesh in a unitive and procreative act sanctified by God. But those arguments would only convince a religious nation of the error of gay marriage. Are we a religious nation anymore? Are we a nation that looks to objective and eternal truths in the halls of power? I don’t think so. Not anymore.
What it comes down to is that before we end the scourge of abortion and the affront of gay marriage, we need to re-convert our nation. Until then, we’re whistling in the dark.