Commentary by James L. Lambert
Several weeks ago a local television reporter asked me to comment on President Obama’s recent decision to support gay marriage. In 2000, I was a media representative for Proposition 22 (the fore-runner of Proposition 8) here in California. Both propositions, which supported traditional marriage by voter mandate, were affirmed by California voters in 2000 and 2008 respectively. Proposition 8 won by a 53% plurality while Proposition 22, eight years earlier, won by more than 60% of the vote.
The television reporter who interviewed me was giddy about the sudden decision by the President to support gay marriage. She reminded me that his show of support was “historic” since Mr. Obama was (in her words) “the first President” to support gay marriage. The reporter really didn’t want to hear my defense of traditional marriage and why Californians voted in favor of it on two elections.
It doesn’t surprise me that most members of the mainstream media defend gay marriage and will continue to ignore the millions of us who support traditional marriage. It was certainly obvious during that week in May when the news broke about Obama’s “evolving” decision. I did make a point to the reporter that in 30 states (either their voters or their state’s legislature) have shown a majority support for traditional marriage. The local television station’s news editors choose not to air those comments.
What most members of the mainstream media simply ignore is the long term consequences of re-defining marriage. When you effectively change the parameters of an institution (namely traditional marriage that is historically defined as a union between one man and one woman) you are re-defining an institution that dates back more than 2,000 years. If the definition of marriage is changed, it will bring with it new problems. Already, a former President of the ACLU, has publicly said that if gay marriage is approved their legal organization will file legal papers in an effort to legalize polygamy.
Full approval of gay marriage will also bring up other issues as well. In England, the age of consent has already been lowered from 14 to 12. Some expect it to drop further. In several Scandinavian countries (notably Sweden, Norway and Iceland) gay marriage has already been legalized. Sadly, in these countries, tradition marriage is now less popular with more couples electing to live together instead of being bound together in the commitment of marriage.
Traditional marriage, in general terms, has always been the best support unit for raising children. Raising children with the role models of both mother and father has always been, in general terms, the ideal way to raise a family. Jesus himself defined marriage in Matthew 19:4-6. Yet the media remains giddy in their support for gay marriage and non-objective in their reporting of this “evolving” decision by Obama.
I wish today’s media and their so-called ‘objective’ reporters were more tolerant of the millions of us who support traditional marriage, believe in the Bible and know, beyond a doubt, that God can change anyone, as evidenced by the story of Michael Glatze who was once featured in 2005 in Time Magazine as an upcoming star in the gay community.
Read Michael Glatze’s remarkable story about how he came to faith in Christ in my newly released book, 16 Amazing Stories of Divine Intervention (www.16AmazingStories.com) .
James L. Lambert, a frequent contributor to ChristianMirror.net and author of Porn in America, is a licensed nationwide real-estate mortgage loan sales agent and can be contacted through his website.