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Jewish World Review May 24, 1999 /9 Sivan 5759

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Gay 'marriage' -- don't pass go

(JWR) ---- (
THE OPENING SALVO of the American Revolution was fired in Massachusetts.

Last week, the Bay State became the latest battleground in another revolution (whose outcome could prove no less fateful), when an ecumenical alliance announced its support for a bill to codify marriage in Massachusetts as the union of a man and a woman.

The group includes a prominent Hasidic rabbia, the ministers of the largest black and Asian churches in New England, the state's Roman Catholic bishops, and the imam of a major mosque.

A legislative hearing on the bill included the bizarre spectacle of white liberals from Cambridge chiding black inner-city pastors for their supposed intolerance.

At the coalition's press conference before the hearing, the media lobbed projectiles. Question: Isn't this unnecessary? We don't have gay marriage in Massachusetts. Question: At one time, weren't people equally concerned about interracial marriage?

Question: Should sterile heterosexuals be allowed to marry? This last in response to the observation that the family is the bridge to the future.

Before considering these challenges, some background is in order.

Homosexuals activists want gay marriage very badly but know they can never get it from an elected body. So, they scheme and maneuver to have it mandated by the courts --- which makes the why-worry argument so ironic.

Hawaii's supreme court was poised to force gay marriage on the Aloha State, until voters amended its constitution to block the move. In June, Vermont's high court is expected to rule on the question.

The movement needs a victory in only one state. Then, gay couples from other states will flock there for a license and ceremony, return home and demand recognition of their unions under the Constitution's Full Faith and Credit Clause.

To avert this, in 1996, Congress overwhelmingly enacted and Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), giving states the option of not recognizing same-sex marriages legally contracted elsewhere.

But will the Supreme Court uphold the act? If Vermont's justices legislate homosexual marriage, gays will immediately challenge DOMA's constitutionality.

If DOMA is upheld, it's crucial for states to be on record defining marriage as it has been understood for millennia. To date, 29 states have done just that.

Even in liberal Massachusetts, the movement knows it can't win a fair fight in the open. Hence, the strategy is to characterize the coalition's bill as hateful, divisive and unnecessary, and, in the words of one activist, "to work with our friends behind the scenes to ensure that the bill ... ultimately dies a quiet death."

But this is a debate that must take place and an issue on which government has to take a stand --- for the future of our families and nation.

The arguments against limiting marriage to a man and woman will not withstand scrutiny.

That marriage licenses are issued to sterile couples is irrelevant. It isn't a particular union that's afforded special recognition and support, but an institution in which children are born and nurtured. Even if a given man and woman can't procreate, others in the same relationship can.

As for equating gay marriage with interracial marriage, the Bible identifies the genders of Adam and Eve, not their races. It is the joining of a man and a woman which is consecrated, not the union of members of the same race.

The segregationist objection to interracial marriage was not that the couple couldn't have children, but precisely that it could, thus diluting the "purity" of the white race.

A racially mixed marriage is natural, in that nature allows the couple to procreate. Because they can't, the union of two men or two women is unnatural.

Ultimately, the drive for gay marriage is a quest for legitimacy and compulsion. Bob Knight, author of "Age of Consent: The Rise of Relativism and Corruption of Popular Culture," observes, "What first asks for tolerance soon begins to make demands for acceptance, and then seeks mandatory acceptance."

We're already seeing this in public-school indoctrination in the guise of teaching tolerance. If gay marriage is legalized, watch for activists to next attack the tax status of churches and synagogues that refuse to perform these nuptials.

Gay marriage isn't the final step, but one more step in the radical transformation of society. In Massachusetts, some brave religious leaders are in effect saying, "Further, you shall not go."


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