America is changing. After decades of resistance against moral absolutes in the areas that defined life, defined marriage, and defined family, America is redefining itself to incorporate a more liberal definition that will include a variety of viewpoints.http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765635635/How-are-same-sex-and-traditional-marriage-different.html?pg=all
It really does not matter that viewpoints are non-conforming to tradition. What is fascinating is that contrary opinions are being given equal voice and value to that of the majority. Whether this is good or bad remains to be seen since even that determination of good or bad is being questioned. Who decides what is good or bad or should it even be done?
With the influx of a new generation of young people voting, there has already been a breath taking revamp of the definition of marriage. Although California politically provided the measure known as Prop 8 which was used to redefine marriage, the controversial decision to do nothing became an effective method for implementation of gay marriage by the California’s attorney general and United States Supreme Court.
The marriage definition became a matter of Vice President Joe Biden leading a watershed moment for the redefinition of marriage to include same sex couples. President Barack Obama set aside his personal view of marriage to come on board, but only after Biden made his declaration.
It was an extraordinary risk without a doubt and it alienated much of the traditional believers that existed in both the Republican and Democratic parties. Obama’s own group of black clergy revolted.
However in looking back, there are two issues that were woefully underestimated that help to change the course of what used to be defined as traditional marriage.
One, the issue of the Defense of Marriage Act or better known as DOMA, became a catalyst that created sympathy to same sex couples. Although DOMA is part of the United States’ Constitution, it legally discriminated against same sex couples in the area of benefits and rights. Whether one was for homosexuality or not, DOMA implementation unfairly marginalized gay couples in a variety of categories that was shameful.http://taxes.about.com/b/2013/06/28/tax-issues-of-the-supreme-court-ruling-that-doma-is-unconstitutional.htm
It became irrelevant whether one was for or against the morality of homosexuality, the United States Supreme Court struck down the portions of DOMA that discriminated against gays and rightly so. Since many provisions for domestic partnerships and civil unions were inferior to the privileges of marriage, it really was an issue of assigning second class status to same sex couples.
Secondly, one needs to credit the advocacy of gays which used vehicles as the Southern Poverty Law Center which aggressively promoted an agenda at the education level of many states. The combination of indoctrination to alternative lifestyles in education and entertainment helped to swing public opinion. Never in the history of poll taking has an issue reversed itself from being unpopular to one of acceptance in such a short period of time.http://www.splcenter.org/what-we-do/lgbt-rights
A Catholic official said it best when the subject of same sex marriage came up. “We were outmarketed”.
How far this redefinition of marriage will take place is unknown. Just this month a judge in Utah struck down certain polygamy laws that were declared “unconstitutional”. If happiness and content is the new standard, there should not be any constitutional barrier to allow other marriage arrangements to be included.
What will happen next to traditional marriage in the church remains to be seen. Some of the more liberal denominations have already incorporated the first stage of recognition of same sex couples into their structure. As the lines of right or wrong become increasingly blurred according to Bible standards, the challenge of moral law and civil law clashing within the church or religious organizations is already taking shape.
At the end of Judges of the Old Testament, there is a statement which declares “every man did that which was right in his own eyes”.
Ultimately in this era of inclusiveness, tolerance, and moral relativism, Judges sets exactly the current climate that society will have to deal with, and that is attempting to cater to any standard.