Inwardly I remember a hinky feeling that something wasn’t quite right as I read about Californians’ preparing to vote on Proposition Eight, in regard to gay marriage. I’ve had gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender friends and acquaintances, and have never been what one would term homophobic; still I recoiled from what I saw as the redefinition of marriage, despite the obvious fact that the hetero community has hardly made a hero out of ourselves when it comes to marital statistics.
Initially, I knew my wary feelings had more to do with what was sometimes called “the open door,” also known as “the slippery slope,” than it did with gays seeking to marry — because I took no issue with their desire for civil unions. I saw nothing wrong with offering them the same or similar rights that heterosexuals enjoy as a result of legal marriage.
I tried to explain my baffling concerns about where marriage was headed to some of the key people in my life, and received sneers and a few accusations that I was acting bigoted and intolerant. Stating that “if gays were allowed to marry, what would want to marry next?” just got me laughed at, as though such a notion was ridiculous and shouldn’t even come to mind. I cited proof of my concern through countless sources, and continued to receive disdain and denial. Eventually that debate died away like most do, and time passed on, like it always does.
Here we are now, not even a few years later, and the gay agenda is in full swing ahead as they clamor for their civil rights, only I’m hearing exactly what I was afraid of over the dull roar. Gay groups are aligning with the polygamous, who now also seek their civil rights and want to marry, just as I said that they would when the Prop Eight debate reared its ugly head.
Now the slippery slope is a reality, and as the polygamous climb up onto the civil rights bandwagon, I wonder if the incestuous, the joining of men and boys (NAMBLA), and the zoophiles will be next. Who are we, after all, to deny anyone or any thing the right to marry? This is just one of the arguments I think we’re going to become very familiar with in the coming months and years ahead. I won’t be surprised if man and his blow up doll will be next in line to marry, after that. There will be no limit to it, and that was the point I tried to make all along.
When we do away with Christian morality through the destruction of a standard that has been maintained for years, we are left with the secular, where morality is in flux and particular to the individual. What this means is that there is little morality left because it’s a ‘create your own morals’ kind of world we are are living in. What is created is an “if it feels good, do it” style of relating to life.
The baby boomers have already tried this and experienced some of the backlash of this kind of hedonism and living for the moment. Why must we travel back there and repeat history on this particular lesson? What is happening to the proud and beautiful America that I used to know and love? How far down will this slippery slope take us? How low can we go?