A few enlightened liberals suggest our marriage laws are antiquated! History is replete with human errors especially in issues on inter-racial marriages, but do we toss sound institutions like marriage out with the bath-water? Do they suggest we simply throw them out if they no longer serve some lifestyles? Why do we even need marriage laws anyway? Could it be that the basic unit of society is the family? A covenant of marriage is a commitment before God. Oops, there’s that religious thing again. Here is another example why Jefferson mentioned a constitutional “wall of separation” between the church and state. A marriage law shouldn’t even be mentioned in a “civil” government, except that the family unit and its survival are the primary purpose in establishing civil laws. Darn!
A marriage commitment between a man and a woman is the best chance for a successful family in a society where mankind in their state of nature can survive and flourish. Societies maintaining stable and intact family units greatly enhance their future success, survival, and generational longevity. I do believe the laws of nature and nature’s God are for the benefit of mankind; silly me. Paraphrasing Thomas Paine, “Society in any state is a blessing; but civil government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; and in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country with no government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer”. How much will our country suffer as a result of aberrant civil government?
Civil unions may demonstrate a level of commitment similar to a marriage; however, same-sex unions produce no chance of biological progeny in an orthodox fashion. Arguments can be made that a lack of marriage commitment and rising divorce rates suggest erosion of societal norms and mores. I would argue many lifestyles accepted in America today are rapidly taking our nation to the brink of moral insolvency. Indeed, the moral fabric of American society may be in jeopardy if we continue to accept governmental suppositories of liberalism. The open acceptance of civil unions may demonstrate tolerance; however, it should not be officially confused in any manner with that covenant of commitment in a marriage between a man and a woman.