Supporters of traditional marriage have always been quick to point out that same-sex marriage has never survived a popular vote at the state level. Even in the very blue state of California, Proposition 8 passed with a simple majority. That track record of success for traditional marriage may be about to change. NBC News reports:
After losing some 30 ballots on same-sex marriage across the country over the past decade, advocates of lesbian and gay couples are encouraged by polls showing they have a good chance of finally logging their first victory in a statewide popular vote.
Polls show majorities back same-sex marriage in Maryland, Washington and Maine, and they indicate a tight battle in Minnesota – the four states holding votes on the issue in November.
Whether or not this polling proves to be accurate remains to be seen. Nevertheless, gay marriage supporters are feeling the wind at their backs at this point.
None of this is surprising. The demographics have been moving against traditional marriage for some time now. My generation and younger are simply more accepting of same-sex marriage than their parents were. The result is that the more time passes, the more people there are who support gay marriage and the less there are that oppose it.
What does that mean for Christians? It means that we are quickly moving into to a minority status on the marriage issue. It also means that we can’t be putting our finger to the cultural wind to see what we ought to believe about sexual morality. At the end of the day, the Christian view of marriage doesn’t change even if our culture does. It will fall to us to bear witness to the truth in the coming days, even in the face of opposition. And the opposition will come.
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