by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/24/2012
Okay, I admit it; I am really wrapped up in the marriage discussion taking place across America right now. Never before have so many people talked so openly and freely about their position on the subject, and never before has so much been at stake regarding the issue. So I find myself listening to talk radio, checking my twitter feed, and reading a dozen articles each day on how the conversation is taking shape across the political and social landscape of the country.
I recently ran across several articles that deserve mention and just a little commentary, so I wanted to make sure you had a chance to look at them. One article by Lazar and Daniel Berman, writing at The American.com, says that young voters won’t tip the scales in favor of gay marriage anytime soon.
Using demographic polling from voters in North Carolina and California the Berman’s show how younger voters only support same-sex “marriage” marginally, and that their vocal support doesn’t translate into votes when it comes to ballot initiatives like Prop 8 and Amendment 1. The article makes an assertion worth noting relating to the recent vote in North Carolina on the definition of marriage:
“In fact, even if nobody over age 45 had voted Tuesday, the amendment still would have passed by around 8 percentage points, according to the adjusted data above.”
In other words, it’s not just older, conservative voters supporting traditional marriage and opposing marriage redefinition, its younger voters as well. This data makes me wonder where the media gets their information and “poll results” showing that a “majority of Americans support same-sex ‘marriage.’” Obviously the data doesn’t support this claim.
And while I have been writing a lot lately on President Obama’s recent support for same-sex “marriage” I have been wondering, perhaps like many others, what he might do if the Prop 8 case reaches the Supreme Court (because we all know it will end up there at some point).
The answer to this question might just be in this recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle titled “Obama May Steer Clear of Court Fight Over Prop 8.” The thought here is that since Obama made it clear that marriage is a “states right” issue, belonging to each individual state and not the territory of the federal government that he will not try to weigh in on the case. This is good news for Prop 8 supporters because if the issue is, like Obama has said, a state issue, then the voters of California has spoken and their decision should be respected. The article comments:
“His reply, and his deference to states’ authority over marriage, suggested that Obama isn’t planning to take on state marriage laws.”
If this is true it is good news for supporters of traditional marriage because out of 32 states that have let the people vote on the issue, all 32 have added constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. So if Obama doesn’t plan to interfere with states in deciding how to define marriage then we can, at this points, safely assume that traditional marriage will be the law of the land. But what about state courts or even the Supreme Court?
One article I came across states that the marriage debate will be resolved by the Supreme Court. This is an interesting position for Obama to end up in considering his comments that the marriage issue should be decided at the state level. If that is truly his position then he should ask the Supreme Court to respect the voters of California and uphold their decision in the Prop 8 case. Of course he won’t do that because it would alienate his wealthy homosexual donors.
The president has already begun alienating his base by supporting same-sex “marriage,” especially those in the black community. And now that the NAACP has come out in support of homosexual “marriage” – and the black community has denounced their position – Obama finds himself in a very interesting position.
This issue is far from resolved, but I believe it is moving toward a stronger support for traditional marriage. The media polls are misleading as numerous recent state ballot initiatives prove. What seems consistent with these numerous ballot initiatives is the overwhelming support for traditional marriage. The byproduct of seeing pastors teach and speak boldly on the issue is a positive result, one I hope continues.
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About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.