On January 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court, in their famous ruling, said that the 14th amendment extended to a woman's right to have an abortion. Since reaching a high of 1.6 million abortions in 1990 in the U.S., the number has dropped to 1.06 million a year through 2013 (stats courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute).
When a boxer's manager would sense his fighter was defeated in the early 1900s, he would throw a towel into the ring, which told the referee to stop the fight. Since then, the phrase "throwing in the towel" has come to mean "I surrender." If the pro-life supporters had thrown in the towel on January 22, 1973, I would suspect that the number of abortions since then would not have decreased. While I do not condone all of their tactics, I do applaud the pro-life movement for keeping their message alive that the unborn, even at the time of conception, must be valued enough as to not be terminated because of a choice.
I have taken the past year and half to meet with over 100 people about my entry into politics. Inevitably, my views on many social issues have come up in those conversations. While the abortion issue was discussed sparingly, the issue of gay marriage came up - a lot. Recently, the US Supreme Court refused to hear lesser court's decisions that paved the way for gay and lesbian marriages in states where in some cases, a state's amendment to their constitution defined marriage as one man and one woman.
What is interesting to me is that if marriage defining amendments of states are declared unconstitutional based on equality, then what will stop one man from marrying two woman or a grown woman marrying a teenage boy because they are in love? After all, aren't those "marriages" - that are based on love - just as equal as the others?
We are told that if two men love each, why can't they be married? Doesn't the same premise for three people who love each other hold the same? And, to my readers who think that this can't happen, I challenge you to begin enacting amendments to state constitutions that define marriage as the following: between one man and one woman, one man and one man or one woman and one woman. After they are enacted, I want you to defend these amendments based on equality.
I've recently read two books and countless articles on the issue of gay marriage in order to gain perspectives on what each side thinks and believes. My conclusion: Christianity is the target. Proponents of gay marriage wish to remove the institution of marriage because it is the last bastion of Christianity left in society. If you redefine marriage as a secular institution, then little to no Judeo-Christian principles remain.
So, should we as Christians throw in the towel and say that this marriage issue is lost? No. Now more than ever, it is time for Christians to stand up by sharing the message of the Gospel to our fellow man. This message should be shared with a kind heart and with a servant's attitude -- browbeating methods need not apply. Only when people's hearts change will their view on gay marriage begin to change. This fight is between good and evil and not between Democrats and Republicans or Progressives and Conservatives.
In 40 years, I want someone to look back on this issue of gay marriage, like I am looking back at the abortion issue, to see that the towel was not thrown into the ring.
Believe that God Loves You
Act on that belief by loving everyone -- even those who you don't agree with
Serve others, especially those people who don't agree with you.