Gay activists have recruited a new ally. Barbara Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush, agreed to record a commercial in favor of same-sex ‘marriage’ in New York.
In the commercial, she says: “I’m Barbara Bush, and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love. Join us.”
We’ve discussed this issue quite a bit on CatholicVote. Again, gays and lesbians should be treated with dignity just like all children of God. But that doesn’t mean we elevate every sexual relationship to marriage.
But the real argument advanced by this commercial is the perception of inevitability. One of the principle arguments by gay activists these days remains: “In 20 years, this won’t be an issue. Same-sex marriage will be legal everywhere.”
Well, they said the same about abortion, which of course is still legal because of the Supreme Court. But people in the early 70s suggested that almost no one would still oppose abortion in 25-30 years. And yet 38 years after Roe, support for legal abortion is at an all-time low and a majority of Americans now say that they are pro-life.
I’ll give the gay activists credit, though. This ad helps advance their cause because of this perception of inevitability. And I have yet to see a child of a liberal politician come out in favor of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.
Still, anecdotes make lousy arguments. My mother supports same-sex marriage and I oppose it. Does that mean the youth will follow me and that the Baby Boomers are old and wrong?