Pam’s House Blend runs a letter from Rep. Mike Pence (R-Idiculous) on the threat posed by same-sex marriage:
In the wake of ominous decisions by activist courts and recent actions by state governments, the need to defend the institution of traditional marriage is more apparent than ever. Like millions of Americans, I firmly believe that the sacred institution of marriage is between one man and one woman and that married couples form the backbone of our society.
The “activist courts” canard is nothing new, but now even state courts aren’t allowed to make decisions. There are two legitimate ways of defining marriage rights: voter referendums and national Constitutional amendments. Anything else: activism!
The traditional two-parent family is the nucleus of our civilization. Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin found that throughout history, societal collapse was always brought about by the deterioration of marriage and family. Sociologists tell us that children raised by married parents experience lower rates of premarital childbearing, illicit drug use, arrests, health, emotional and behavioral problems, school dropout rates and poverty. Moreover, a five-year study released in 1998 found that continuously married husbands and wives experience significantly better emotional health and less depression than people of other marital status.
And you can only IMAGINE what’ll happen in society if we allow families headed by same-sex couples to enjoy these benefits!
This debate is not about discrimination. I believe that if someone chooses another lifestyle than I have chosen, that is their right in a free society. But tolerance does not require that we permit our courts to redefine an institution upon which our society is built. Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage.
Because…because I say so, dammit! If I say “this is not about discrimination” enough times, then I might start to believe it!
Marriage was ordained by God, instituted among men; it is the glue that binds the American family, and the safest harbor in which to raise children. That is why it is so important to put in that most sacred of documents an affirmation of the foundation of our society – traditional marriage.
If marriage was ordained by God, it was a considerably older God than the one Rep. Pence worships. Marriage was created by human beings, the institution has been repeatedly revised to follow social changes, and the world did not collapse under the weight of its own hedonism.
But, you know, Rep. Pence, thank you! Thank you for showing that there is no secular case against marriage equality! Thank you for reminding us that opposition to civil rights is about overheated rhetoric and fear-mongering. Thank you for demonstrating once again that you have no answer to the question of how making room for same-sex couples in civil marriage will bring about the downfall of society. There’s still no connection between Point A and Point F, still no concern for the children that LGBTs raise.
They just keep saying the same thing, time after time. “I’m a Family Values Fanatic! Pull the string!”