From where I’m sitting, it seems like conservatives everywhere are folding like a cheap nickel-knife on the issue of marriage. Defections of the likes of Rob Portman and John Huntsman have convinced many that legal gay marriage is an inevitability and that traditional marriage is a thing of the past—a quaint notion that is dying out with the older generations that have until now held so steadfastly to it.
Well, not so fast. The New York Times reports today on a crop of young conservatives that are still fighting the good fight. These are the guys that are on the right side of history. I know two of the men quoted in this article, and both of them are hopeful, happy Christians who are making the case for traditional marriage but not against gay people or gay rights.
Eric Teetsel, the executive director of the Manhattan Declaration, comments:
Proponents of same-sex marriage have done a fantastic job of telling the story of same-sex marriage through music and television and film… I think it’s really a case where once they hear the other side of the issue, and really think about it deeply, we’re going to win a lot of those folks back.
Is it really possible to win those folks back? Teetsel says this:
Even if we are doomed, and I’m totally naïve, I think it’s important that I do this work anyway… If what I believe is true is true, then I’ve got a responsibility to be on its side for as long as I can be.
Amen and amen to that. Andrew Walker of the Heritage Foundation is optimistic as well:
If you take the longer view of history — I’m not talking just 15 years, I’m talking 40 years or even 100 years — I can’t help but think that the uniqueness of man-woman marriage will be adjudicated over time.
This is a helpful article. Read the rest of it here.