Ethics & Religion
June 28, 2018
Same-Sex Marriage Can Now be Overturned
By Mike McManus
The decision by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire gives
the United States a new opportunity to reconsider whether same-sex
marriage should be the law of the land.
My hope is that President Trump decides to appoint a justice who
believes that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. If he does so,
America will have had a three year period during which relatively few
people married someone of the same gender.
For it was only three years ago Tuesday, that the Supreme Court ruled in
Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the same right to marry
as opposite-sex couples. To mark the occasion, Peter LaBarbera, creator
of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, invited a number of speakers
including me - to speak on behalf of traditional marriage in front of
the Supreme Court.
It was a raucous event, with gay activists taunting those of us who were
supporters of traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
I offered ten reasons to oppose gay marriage. First, I noted that most
gays are not interested in marriage. Gallup reports that only 10.2% of
gays and lesbians have married - though all could have done so after the
2015 Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell.
Second, I noted that by votes of 50 million to 30 million, 32 states
passed constitutional amendments that limited marriage to unions of one
man and one woman. However, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in Obergefell to
overturn those votes by millions of Americans.
I charged at the time that the decision was "corrupt" because "Justices
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan had performed same-sex weddings,"
and should have recused themselves since their actions "demonstrated
they were not impartial judges."
Had they done so, the vote would have been 4-3 to uphold state rights to
define marriage, instead of a 5-4 vote to force gay marriage on America.
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a dissent in which he called the decision
by five unelected lawyers a "threat to American democracy because it
robs citizens of the freedom to govern themselves." He was right. Some
50 million people voted for traditional marriage vs. only 30 million for
The issue is not merely legal. All children need a mother and a father.
The healthiest children are raised by a married mother and father.
However, same-sex marriage deliberately deprives the child of a mother
or father - and therefore is detrimental to children.
Traditional marriage is sexually exclusive, while gay unions are not.
Lifetime infidelity dropped in the 2000s to 16% for males and 10% for
females, according to W. Bradford Wilcox, Director of the National
Marriage Project of the University of Virginia. By contrast, the San
Francisco Chronicle reports that homosexuals had four partners per
Is that an atmosphere in which to raise children? Obviously not!
Certainly, Scripture is clear. Genesis 2:24 states, "For this reason a
man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they
will become one flesh."
By contrast, consider Romans 2:27: "The men abandoned natural relations
with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed
indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty
of their perversion."
First, homosexual men are only 4% of the population, but have had half
of all new HIV infections and 85% of syphilis cases.
Second, homosexual men are virtually banned from donating blood, due to
their likelihood of transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted
diseases. They are required to provide evidence that they have not had
sexual relations with a male for at least a year.
Third, gay men live 20 years shorter lives than heterosexual men.
Finally, it should be noted that gay sex is a choice. No one has to do
it. And there are many gays and lesbians who spent decades in a gay
lifestyle - who have changed to a heterosexual orientation, and have
been happily married to someone of the opposite sex for years. Several
of them testified at the rally at which I spoke on Tuesday about their
decision to abandon gay sex or lesbian sex for a traditional marriage.
Justice Anthony Kennedy provided the key vote with liberals that forced
America to accept same-sex marriage.
It is now time for the President to appoint a conservative Supreme Court
Justice who believes that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
Copyright (c) 2018 Michael J. McManus, President of Marriage Savers and
a syndicated columnist. To read past columns, go to
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