Those who have fought for years to protect and defend the sanctity of marriage and family have repeatedly warned what would happen if and when if same sex marriages were passed into law. I’ve often been scoffed at when I’ve made the point that if you allow same sex marriage than it opens the floodgates to everything from incestual marriage, polygamy, bigamy, or what’s to stop someone from marrying their animals. Clearly, we are beginning to see the start of exactly this.
Marriage supporters have warned for years that fabricating same-sex “marriage” will only serve to usher in more and more assaults on the foundational building block of society. And now, in a perfect yet appalling example of what’s been foretold, polygamist Kody Brown is chasing the success of the homosexual agenda in New York State by filing a lawsuit to strike down the laws against polygamy in an effort to save himself and his four “wives” from prosecution.
According to the New York Times, the suit asks “the federal courts to tell states that they cannot punish polygamists for their own ‘intimate conduct’ so long as they are not breaking other laws, like those regarding child abuse, incest or seeking multiple marriage licenses.” (Brown only has an official marriage license with one of his four wives.)
This attempt to classify and therefore exempt polygamist relations as “intimate conduct” rests on the Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which declared “state sodomy laws as unconstitutional intrusions on the ‘intimate conduct’ of consenting adults.” Although this ruling has been described as “establishing a constitutional ‘right’ to homosexual sodomy,” it has been and continues to be parlayed into much more.
Justice Antonin Scalia, in dissenting from the court’s decision in Lawrence, saw clearly that the majority’s decision would serve as a “threat to state laws ‘based on moral choices’ against ‘bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality and obscenity.’” And that’s exactly what has happened since the decision was handed down. Homosexual activists have leveraged Lawrence to advance same-sex “marriage” repeatedly, and unsurprisingly, polygamist Brown is now arguing that what he does in his private life with four women is “intimate conduct,” and therefore constitutionally justified under Lawrence.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan, head of the Catholic Church in New York, saw this suit coming after New York state legislators had capitulated to the homosexual agenda. Thus he took to his blog to warn readers: “This latest dilution of the authentic understanding of marriage” will simply lead to “another redefinition to justify multiple partners and infidelity.”
Marriage is under attack from all corners, and if we fail to stand now, Brown’s suit will only be followed by others seeking justification for other variations of socially destructive conduct that both Justice Scalia and Archbishop Dolan have warned us about.
These two men are not exaggerating the urgency of this situation or overestimating the zeal of those who want to redefine marriage. And for proof, one need only look at the demands made by groups such as beyondmarriage.org. There you will find open pleas for “freedom from state regulation of our sexual lives and gender choices, identities and expression” and an America that embraces “alternative forms of household recognition beyond one-size-fits-all marriage.”
No matter how you slice it, the battle for so-called “marriage equality” is really an attack on marriage integrity.