The SSM Train’s Lost Momentum
That is why the marriage redefinition push has relied so strongly on the inevitability claim — to overwhelm legislators’ and voters’ qualms about same-sex marriage with a fear that they will be labeled bigots. The leader of the Human Rights Campaign reacted to today’s vote with this inevitability talking point: “The senators who voted against marriage equality today are on the wrong side of history, but the history of marriage equality will not end with today’s vote.”
Again and again, the inevitability claim has been rebutted by reality, but it is a tenacious idea, at least partially because it appeals to the cult of novelty that holds sway among media elites. That’s why every “setback” for gay marriage is proclaimed a “shocking” development even though each is just a repeat of something that’s happened over and over again.
It isn’t bigotry to believe that society should maintain a special categorization for relationships that tend to create human life. Redefining marriage to include people of the same sex would disallow our ability to acknowledge this distinction and thereby hinder cultural efforts to ensure an appropriate respect for that biological power. Advocates would do well to stop insisting that this is all post hoc rationalization extending from an unstated hatred of homosexuals and, instead, accept that it’s a sincere position with obvious political force and perhaps even a point or two worth considering during efforts to radically remodel the structure of our society.