Message of the Maine homosexual “marriage” referendum: if you can’t make it here, you can’t make it anywhere

From my New York Times e-mail this morning:

“The crushing loss in Maine in a referendum on same-sex marriage may cause supporters to rethink their national strategy.”

From the article:

… opponents said that given Maine’s “live-and-let live” mentality, the results were especially strong proof that same-sex marriage was not gaining acceptance.

“It interrupts the story line that is being manufactured that suggests the culture has shifted on gay marriage and the fight is over,” said Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, the conservative Christian group that is leading the charge against same-sex marriage around the country. “Maine is one of the most secular states in the nation. It’s socially liberal. They had a three-year head start to build their organization, and they outspent us two to one. If they can’t win there, it really does tell you the majority of Americans are not on board with this gay marriage thing.”

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Tim W. writes:

The fact that Maine’s supposedly “live and let live” voters didn’t fall for same-sex “marriage” is a good sign. Ever since this debate began, libertarians have chimed in favoring same-sex “marriage,” using the argument that it’s a freedom issue. If they want to marry, let them marry, it doesn’t affect anyone or anything else.

Of course, that’s nonsense. The main reasons homosexuals want to “marry” is to access government benefits and to force societal institutions and individuals to pay homage to their lifestyle. To achieve both of these goals, they harness government power to suppress freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, property rights, and any number of other liberties. They use the public schools as propaganda organs by requiring that “gay” heroes be presented to children as role models, that homosexuality be taught as normal, that same-sex couples be presented as ideal, and they do all this while admonishing the kids that any disagreement is hate and bigotry.

A small number of libertarians have enough foresight to see this, but their solution to the problem isn’t to oppose same-sex “marriage,” but to demand the abolition of marriage as a societal institution. So either way the libertarians again serve as shock troops for leftism, destroying a cherished and positive institution and overwhelming us with nihilism.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 05, 2009 08:49 AM | Send

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