Same-Sex Spin

What Americans Really Believe About Marriage

We’ve been told so many times that same-sex “marriage” is “inevitable” that we’re tempted to stop fighting it. But a newly released study tells a different story.

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The gap is widening, we’re told. The number of Americans in favor of so-called same-sex “marriage” is growing. Sooner or later, it will be the law of the land. There’s no stopping it.

But not so fast. On June 16, the Alliance Defense Fund and Public Opinion Strategies released the results of a new scientific survey that calls all that into question.

The survey “was part of a comprehensive examination of American attitudes toward marriage,” which included both polling and focus groups for added accuracy.

The results? A full sixty-two percent of Americans agreed that “marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman.” Fifty-three percent “strongly agreed.”

This is consistent with polling going back to 1998, when Alaska and Hawaii were the first two states to enact amendments to the constitution supporting traditional marriage. Since then there have been thirty-one state referenda defining marriage as one man and one woman. Over sixty-three million Americans have voted, with nearly forty million or sixty-three percent voting for traditional marriage.

Alliance Defense Fund’s Senior Counsel Brian Raum noted, “Americans recognize that marriage provides a strong foundation for a thriving society,” and that we “strongly affirm the lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman as the fundamental building block of civilization.”

So, what about all we’ve heard from the mainstream media about more and more Americans supporting same-sex “marriage”? The survey along with victories in courts, says Raum, “shows [that] the opposition has created an illusion of momentum, but not a real base of support or track record.”

The idea that Americans are losing their faith in marriage between one man and one woman is just a PR spin on a lie.

And yet, the state of New York, egged on by Governor Andrew Cuomo, has just foisted same-sex “marriage” on the Empire State. Said State Senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, “What we’re about to do is redefine what the American family is. And that’s a good thing.”

Senator Kruger is right about one thing: redefining marriage and family is precisely what the same-sex “marriage” debate is all about. But as to his claim that it’s “a good thing,” he’s dead wrong. Scary wrong.

As the Manhattan Declaration affirms, “Marriage [between one man and one woman]...is the first institution of human society -- indeed it is the institution on which all human institutions have their foundation.” It goes on to say, “Where marriage is honored, and where there is a flourishing marriage culture, everyone benefits -- the spouses themselves, their children, the communities and societies in which they live. Where the marriage culture begins to erode, social pathologies of every sort quickly manifest themselves.”

If same-sex “marriage” advocates are successful in spite of their meager support, make no mistake, those pathologies will only grow, just like I've seen in prisons for 35 years.

Three cheers for the Alliance Defense Fund! Listen, folks, we need to speak out and stand strong. Same-sex marriage is inevitable only if we give up. To which I say, as Winston Churchill famously said, "Never, never, never."

Further Reading and Information

"Married to Marriage"
Brian Raum | Alliance Defense Fund | June 16, 2011

The Manhattan Declaration
Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty | www.ManhattanDeclaration.org


It seems to me that this article misses the most significant shift in the US population's ability to consider an issue... pluralism. The study mentioned asked if “marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman.” I wonder if the same participants might answer completely differently if asked a question such as "should all citizens be afforded the same rights for expressing their affection and commitment to one another without regard for their sexual orientation". My guess is a question such as this might yield significantly different results. To draw the conclusion from one single study that the population of the US still vastly opposes gay marriage and that any statement to the contrary is simply a liberal propaganda seems to me to be an oversimplification of the results and quite honestly an unscientific assessment of the statistical information gathered in this study. What Christians need to do is not necessarily to "speak out and stand strong" thereby drawing battle lines in the midst of an over politicized culture war. What we do need to do is find ways of doing the type of good deeds in the midst of a chaotic society that can both set us apart as uniquely belonging to Jesus and actually create ‘human institutions’ that do good things for those in need. As Peter wrote in his first letter chapter 2:11-17, believers need to abstain from things of the flesh while submitting to every human institution (for Peter’s audience that meant Nero – far worse than any modern liberal), with the understanding that we are not bound, but free because of Jesus’ work, and one day will live in full freedom when Jesus Himself rules. Peter says submit to an oppressive government (Nero) in one breath and live as free men in the next. These are not usually two ideas that any American, Christian or otherwise, would think of as harmonic. They seem paradoxical to our thinking, yet there they are. Our solutions are usually political, or activistic, yet Peter’s prescription is to abstain from evil while doing good deeds in full submission to Nero. Just something to ruminate on.