Marriage is what it is


By: Matt Barber

“It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is,” said the  smooth-talking, skirt-chasing, totally busted philanderer.

“Well, no, Bill,” replied Congress. “Actually, things just ‘is’ what they  is.”

Here’s what marriage is: The God-ordained, lifelong, covenantal union between  man and wife, designed to provide men, women and children optimal stability and  overall well-being. Marriage is that biologically, spiritually and morally  centered institution calculated to ensure responsible procreation and perpetuate  the human race. Marriage – real marriage – represents the fundamental  cornerstone of any healthy society (any society that hopes to survive, at  least).

Here’s what marriage is not: Anything else.

In short, marriage is what it is.

That our nation has fallen so far, so fast in its embrace of empty relativism  makes the head swim. It’s at once perplexing and heartbreaking that we have a  U.S. Supreme Court seriously considering inventing a newfangled “right” to that  chicane aberration tagged “same-sex marriage.” This is true particularly when  one considers that the defining behaviors central to “gay marriage” were, for  hundreds of years and for obvious reasons, legally and properly classified as  “crimes against nature.” Though our postmodern zeitgeist may have changed,  objective reality has not.

Indeed, American culture, while casting aside that which is just, moral and  true, has, instead, taken-up that which is unjust, immoral and false. This  abject rejection of absolute truth provides compelling evidence that the good  ‘ol USA – the greatest nation on earth – is on the fast track to becoming “the  late, great USA.”

So-called “gay marriage” is a counterfeit – a mockery of legitimate marriage.  It’s like taking a rotten apple, spray-painting it orange, and then calling it  an orange. “Same-sex marriage” is no more real marriage then a rotten apple is  an orange. It’s mock marriage.

One of the best appraisals I’ve read on marriage was presented in 2003 to the  Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope  Benedict XVI). Among other things, the future pontiff explicitly recognized the  empirical fact that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” Following are  excerpts from his treatise titled “Considerations Regarding Proposals to  Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons”:

The Church’s teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes  reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all  the major cultures of the world. Marriage is not just any relationship between  human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential  properties and purpose. No ideology can erase from the human spirit the  certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman … in order to  cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives. …

In the first place, man, the image of God, was created “male and female” (Gen  1:27). Men and women are equal as persons and complementary as male and female.  Sexuality is something that pertains to the physical-biological realm and has  also been raised to a new level – the personal level – where nature and spirit  are united. …

There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in  any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and  family. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral  law. Homosexual acts “close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not  proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no  circumstances can they be approved.”

To be sure, “marriage equality” already exists. It is, quite simply, the  self-evident truth that both husband and wife are co-equal, indispensable  partners essential to the formulation of a marriage covenant. While moral  relativists clamor for their propagandist version of “marriage equality,” the  rest of us live in marriage reality.

Every single mentally competent adult enjoys the right to marry within  exactly the same parameters required by natural law. Thus, “equal protection  under the law” is afforded to all. As long as your spouse-to-be is 1) not too  closely related, 2) of legal age, 3) only one person, 4) of the opposite sex and  5) a biped of the genus homo-sapien – then you’re golden. Marry away.

If you remove one requirement – in this case, the binary male-female  prerequisite – then there is no justification, logical or legal, for not  removing all requirements. If we yank one foundational brick from the marriage  wall, then, as in the days of Jericho, the whole danged thing comes a-tumblin’.  That is to say, if the Supreme Court rolls out “gay marriage,” then legalized  polygamy, incestuous marriage and heaven-knows-what-else must inevitably  follow.

Even still, the willy-nilly left loves to suggest that “gay marriage”  supporters are “on the right side of history.” This is utter nonsense. Natural  marriage has, for all of history, been on the “right side of history;” and so it  shall remain.

Another rotten apples-to-oranges false equivalency is to claim that  precluding “gay marriage” is akin to banning interracial marriage. Again, this  is nonsense. Liberals, in making their case for the former, are quick to cite  Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case that invalidated anti-miscegenation  laws.

By comparing “gay marriage” to interracial marriage, leftists endeavor to  draw a parallel where none exists. The Loving Court both recognized and affirmed  the fundamental man-woman nature of marriage while simply – and rightly so –  removing arbitrary and truly discriminatory racial barriers. While Loving left  the institution of natural marriage fully intact, a pro-”gay marriage” ruling by  the High Court would thoroughly deconstruct it.

In sum, proponents of counterfeit “gay marriage” pretend that normalcy,  biology, history, morality and sanity are all irrelevant to the debate. They are  not. As counterfeit money devalues the dollar, counterfeit “gay marriage”  devalues the institution of legitimate marriage.

Scripture reminds us that, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Ultimately,  the oxymoronic notion of “same-sex marriage” is nothing new. It’s both rooted in  man’s age-old rebellion against God and ancient pagan sexual morality.

So, I’ll leave you with this fundamental question: Since God undeniably  designed marriage to be the exclusive union of man and wife – who, or what,  then, do you suppose manufactured the absurd notion of “same-sex marriage?”

I think the answer is pretty clear.

About The Author Matt Barber:
Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)
Website:http://www.lc.org

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