In one of the discussions spawned by my commentary on the same-sex marriage issue that is resulting in a split in the United Methodist Church, one of my friends and regular readers suggested that the LGBT “rights” activists would not stop there and his prediction is that the next demand of the Church by that lobby will be the full affirmation of polygamy. My tendency was to brush this off, but wait, last month the Utah state senate voted unanimously to decriminalize polygamy! There is no end to the LGBT activist push in every walk of life and every corner of culture, not simply for a welcoming tolerance of the gay lifestyle, but full affirmation with no exceptions.
The interesting side bar to this decision is that Chief Justice John Roberts as much as predicted all of this in his dissent in the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court in Obergfell v. Hodges in June 2015, which legalized same sex marriage in all states. Here is what he wrote: “One immediate question invited by the majority’s position is whether States may retain the definition of marriage as a union of two people…….Indeed, from the standpoint of history and tradition, a leap from opposite-sex marriage to same-sex marriage is much greater than one from a two-person union to plural unions, which have deep roots in some cultures around the world. If the majority is willing to take the big leap, it is hard to see how it can say no to the shorter one”.
If you are wondering how we got here, there is no better place to start than with a quote from Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion in both Planned Parenthood v. Casey, governing abortion rights, in 1992 and Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, crafting a right to consensual sodomy, which I have used several times and which has become known as the “mystery passage”: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life”.
Folks, this is the ultimate of what Tom Sowell calls “the unconstrained vision”. There are no limits.