Please read a Hardblogger post by David Shuster of MSNBC. It’s a mercifully sane piece on “A loss for true conservatism” regarding gay marriage. I haven’t seen much sanity posted in the last week on this topic, only a lot of Freeper gloating and Democrat blame gaming of gays for losing the election.

The basic argument I heard was not about marriage (more on that below) but about being gay. And a majority of voters seem to believe that homosexuality is an “immoral lifestyle choice.”

Hmmmm. The problem is that anybody who has a relative or friend who is gay also knows it is not a “choice.” It is something wired into the genes of approximately 3 or 4 percent of the human population in every single culture on the planet. Secondly, when it comes to morality, consider this: While the Bible does suggest homosexuality is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22), The Bible also says in Leviticus 25:44 that we may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations; Exodus 35:2 says that my neighbor who works on the Sabbath should be put to death; Lev. 19:27 expressly forbids men from getting their hair trimmed; Lev. 11:6-9 states that touching a dead pig makes us unclean (Are you ready for some football?) and Lev. 19:19 forbids us from planting two different crops in the same field or wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread. The penalty? Lev. 24:10-16 suggests we stone people to death.

Maybe some Americans want to return to the days of slavery, devout observance to the Sabbath, long hair, all cotton clothes, and stoning people… I would prefer that our society move forward.

And the best way to move any society forward is to strengthen the family. I adore my family and consider them to be the best part of my entire life. And I’m absolutely convinced that “marriage” fosters social cohesion, emotional security, and economic prudence. That’s why I’m baffled as to why we would keep such an institution away from anybody. (I’m not talking about “religion-sanctioned marriage,” I’m referring to the civil institution of marriage—the kind that involves a “state-sponsored” license.)

The fact is, the couple down the street… whether they are straight or gay, has no bearing whatsoever on my marriage or yours. Gay marriage could only undermine or delegitimize straight marriage if it were a real alternative. But, do you know any heterosexuals who could be persuaded by law (or anything else for that matter) to have sex with or marry someone of their own sex? I don’t.

Any intelligent and logical thinking person must know that gays are not going away. So why not coax these human beings into traditional values? Marriage reinforces a healthy social trend… and it provides stability. Isn’t that what conservatism stands for?

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding