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Official Blog of The Family Policy Council of West Virginia

In Defense of Democracy and Marriage

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The Gazette’s characterization of the democratic process in action as, “a clever ploy: using prejudice against gays to reap . . . votes” (Gazette, “Storm” 6/13/08) insults democracy.

Efforts in the United States to defend marriage against those who would seek its redefinition is democracy in action, as opposed to the contempt therefore that we have witnessed in California-style judicial activism.

There, not only has the court ignored the will of the people, and imposed a redefinition of marriage on Californians, it has inflicted years of legal chaos quite possibly on the entire country.

What is more, those who seek to circumvent their own state’s laws on marriage, are manipulating the democratic process and partnering with the most egregious example of judicial activism in modern history.

But there is a deeper prejudice entirely ignored by the Gazette: the battle to redefine marriage is essentially one that has as its ultimate outcome the belittling of gender.

In other words, in California, the Supreme Court has effectively said that at least one of the genders does not matter in a marriage. The question that must then be asked of the opponents of marriage must be, “Which one?”

Which gender is not important? Is the female gender in a marriage more important than the male? In matters of public accommodation, is the male gender to be given more privacy and protection over the female? To the children that will be affected by the decisions of judges and governors, will the opponents of marriage kindly identify whether a mother or father is more important?

Ultimately, the redefinition of marriage strikes at every single person, if for no other reason than they must answer that simple question, “Does gender matter?” Those who support marriage do so because they answer that question with a resounding, “YES!”

Men have something to contribute that, biologically and otherwise, women do not. Women are blessed with that certain something that cannot be described that men are not given. Those gender differences are vital in the development of our marriages, our children, families, and societies – and have been throughout time.

The next time someone tries to convince you that marriage should be redefined in the name of “tolerance,” with love and grace, ask them, “Which gender does not matter?”

That, of course, is a question best left to be answered by those who consent to be governed.


Written by Jeremy Dys

June 13, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Posted in Marriage

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  1. […] Family Policy Council of West Virginia Blog has this post in response to an editorial in the WV Gazette which praises judicial redefinition of marriage and […]

  2. While my wife & I are both WV natives, we lived in CA for 19 yrs.
    We actually voted for the DOMA that the courts in CA struck down.
    We have many friends still on the left coast. I am disappointed, but not surprised, at what the activist, unaccountaable, court in CA did, declaring the clear voice of over 60% of CA to be wrong. The CA legislature has attempted to overturn this bill almost every year since passage. Our DOMA seems to be modeled on CA’s unconstitutional one. I see only one solution, that is a federal DOMA ammendment to the constitution. p.s. the only reason that the bill received as much support as it did was fear of it taking away from heterosexual cohabiting couples some rights and benefits. (it didn’t).

    Larry Kapp

    June 13, 2008 at 7:56 pm

  3. Why should the majority have a right to oppress a minority? We live in a republic, not a democracy.


    June 14, 2008 at 6:43 pm

  4. Rght. We live in a democracy within a republic, the republic being respecful of and responsive to the democracy that defines it.

    responding to gary47a

    June 14, 2008 at 10:52 pm

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