By Jonathon Van Maren
Australia is the latest nation to discover that the activists who spent years pushing for gay marriage while insisting that it would have no impact on anyone were lying. Australian LGBT activists, just like those in other Western nations, had absolutely no intention of winning the right to marry and then to moving on. Instead, they want to restructure the system and marginalize those who opposed them—and begin to destroy the religious freedoms Australians once enjoyed. One Sky News anchor, a proponent of gay marriage named Paul Murray, recently delivered a monologue admitting that the LGBT activists who claimed that this was all about marriage and nothing else were lying from the start:
I believed that the YES vote was the right case and I believed it for a long time… But Cory Bernardi and others were right. It wasn’t just about a vote about marriage. In fact, it would be about rolling back the way the system currently works for religious organisations to decide whether or not they can hire people based on their sexuality, whether they can decide to marry people based on their sexuality. Because as we speak there is a review going on to religious freedom…
The very same group who argued for YES, who told us the whole way through that it was going to be nothing other than a change of YES. The very same people, the very same organisations, are now arguing for religious protections that already exist, not new ones, not extra ones, the ones that currently exist should all be blown up.
We were all concerned, even those of us who voted YES, that there were people inside the activist parts of this movement that were going to try to basically force a church–or let’s put it this way, a Mosque–to marry two blokes, even though they don’t want to–to hire gay or lesbian people in their schools despite the fact that it is obviously against their teachings.
All of this, we were promised, was not up for grabs. But after they’ve got the victory, now it’s time to keep rolling on.
This has been the case in every nation where gay marriage was legalized (I cover the situation in North America extensively in Chapter 8 of my book The Culture War.) Andrew Sullivan, a prominent gay activist who fought for gay marriage for decades, actually has a name for this trend: The Law of Merited Impossibility. In other words, what Christians are warning will happen should gay marriage be legalized will not happen, and when it does, those bigots deserve it.
Interestingly, as a result of this, LGBT activists have faced some pushback as those who genuinely took them at their word and supported gay marriage but are repulsed by the bullying of small town Christian bakers and florists feel betrayed by the lies of gay marriage campaigners. As I noted last week, some in the United States feel that the savagery with which LGBT activists attack those who disagree with them is leading to a decline in support for their movement, and this month the island nation of Bermuda became the very first to repeal gay marriage to much outrage. Leaders were apologetic, but blunt: Islanders simply would not accept the redefinition of marriage, and had demanded that the court ruling of May 2017 be overturned.
LGBT activists promised that once they had redefined marriage, things would be over. Instead, they simply inaugurated the next battle in their long war against religious liberty—and everyone who has the gall to disagree with them.
For anyone interested, my book on The Culture War, which analyzes the journey our culture has taken from the way it was to the way it is and examines the Sexual Revolution, hook-up culture, the rise of the porn plague, abortion, commodity culture, euthanasia, and the gay rights movement, is available for sale here.