Many leftists – and some on the right – allege that social conservatives expend too much energy on wedge issues such as same-sex marriage. While there is certainly no shortage of other pressing matters in today’s America, however, it is obvious that a shift in the definition of marriage is ushering in deep changes to our culture.
Just days after Democrat N.Y. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced his engagement to his boyfriend, the lesbian mayor of Houston headed to the West Coast to wed her longtime partner.
Considering the disparate laws regarding same-sex marriage among the states, homosexual couples in conservative regions often cross state lines to take advantage of the more accommodating laws in blue states. While the 10th Amendment gives individual states the right to govern as they see fit, many of these couples return to their home state to demand recognition of their union.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker left Texas this week with her partner, Kathy Hubbard, and headed for Palm Springs, where an openly gay Episcopal priest from San Francisco officiated their “wedding.”
Parker, whose 2009 election win made Houston the largest American city with a homosexual executive, expressed her joy over the recent nuptials.
“This is a very happy day for us,” she said, indicating that the couple has “had to wait a very long time to formalize our commitment to each other.”
She is now tasked with leading the largest city in a state that does not recognize the union into which she and her partner have just entered.
With more and more prominent homosexuals, especially in elected office, using their position to flaunt their sexual proclivity, it becomes obvious that marriage in America is forever changed. While most social conservatives are willing to accept their lifestyle, albeit sometimes grudgingly, many on the left continue to demand full acceptance of a choice many consider a sinful abomination of God’s law.
–B. Christopher Agee
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