This Generation’s Roe v. Wade

Dear friend,

Next week, the Supreme Court will probably rule on two marriage cases. They will decide whether 7 million Californians who passed Prop 8 have the Constitutional right to vote to define marriage as one man and one woman, and whether Congress can so define marriage for the limited purpose of federal law.

Pundits are predicting a messy, hard-to-interpret decision, possibly refusing to issue any ruling on the substance on the grounds neither the House nor Prop 8 proponents have standing.

Pundits have also worked overtime the last few months to reassure the Court that it can rule for gay marriage without fear of creating another Roe v. Wade.

On June 10, for example, the Christian Science Monitor published an op ed by James Richardson, a self-described “conservative communication strategist” who worked for the RNC and Jon Huntsman, “Why Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling Won’t Be like Roe v. Wade.”

Why not?  Because support for gay marriage is surging in polls, and the next generation is firmly pro-gay marriage: “demographic evidence that the gay marriage coalition is a uniquely enduring one and unlikely to fracture in the years ahead,” as Richardson delicately puts it.

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4 comments
Steve
Steve

An enduring coalition made up of people who have changed their minds in the last few years? Richardson speaks of "the tide of public opinion," but seems to forget that tides come in and they go out. If people have changed their minds, then they can change back. The young people are indeed the only age cohort that has a majority of support for gay marriage, but how much of this is generational and how much is due to immaturity and a lack of experience with child-rearing. Trying to bring up a child often causes people to appreciate traditional wisdom about the family.

Keith Hull
Keith Hull

With reference to your commentary on the Harris US Opinion Poll (Roe vs. Wade): Is it possible that narrowing of the vote takes into account the realization of the newly-born and yet-to-be-born of the 70s that their existence may be based on the whim of the mother? This reversal of the vote is sure to widen.

Patricia Ford de la Tejera
Patricia Ford de la Tejera

I am asking everyone I know to please pray for the Christian conversion of a recent Pentagon appointment, Mickey Weinstein. Mr. Weinsteir is very anti-Christian, and has said the chaplains in the military are "raping the minds" of our servicepeople. He has mentioned treason with regard to the preaching of Christian chaplains. Please pray for his conversion. Remember Saul of Tarsus and his conversion on the road to Damascus. Thank you. Pat de la Tejera, McAllen, Texas

Fraser Field
Fraser Field

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