Hillary Clinton came out yesterday as a supporter of gay marriage.
At the end of last week, a Republican senator from Ohio did the same thing.
They joined Barack Obama and a rising tide of political opportunists from both parties who are bending over backwards to be on the “right side” of gay marriage.
Apparently their polls have told them it’s time to change their principles.
Which is neither surprising nor troubling. In this country, we have long since abandoned the idea that politicians work from any sort of core values. Or that they have any interest whatsoever in truly addressing the country’s challenges.
Instead, they hop from issue to issue, pimping them each, saying whatever their pollsters and their campaigns tell them to say.
While steadfastly ignoring real problems and real solutions.
It is all a game of distraction.
So we argue about gay marriage and guns and birth control and illegal immigration, and all the while we are completely blind to other issues, big-ticket issues, that threaten our society and nation.
Like gay marriage and out-of-wedlock birth.
One is a sideshow, the other is the real deal.
The real deal we are ignoring.
Let me explain.
Gay marriage is a very passionate and contentious issue. Its supporters say it is a civil rights issue. Its detractors say it is an attack on the family.
It may be either, neither or both.
But what it mostly is is irrelevant.
If you round up, gay people are 2 percent of the population. Gay marriage is rubbed in the public’s face, like every other part of the gay agenda, but the real practical impact of gay marriage is zilch.
It is a PR topic at best.
But it is socially inconsequential.
Yes, it is – my faith teaches me – a perversion of man’s natural desire and a devilish attack on family structure and family values.
But in terms of devilish attacks on family structure and family values, it’s pretty small potatoes.
Here’s what I mean.
The family is under withering attack. The family is in deep crisis. Its very existence may be in peril.
But that’s not because homosexuals want to get married. It’s because heterosexuals don’t want to get married.
The death of the family isn’t because of the gays, it’s because of the rest of us. If they’re 2 percent of the population, we’re 98 percent of the problem.
As much a mockery of real marriage as gay marriage might be, the real, immediate and devastating threats to traditional family structure are out-of-wedlock births and delayed and avoided heterosexual marriage.
The majority of women under 30 have their children out of wedlock. For women whose highest education is a high-school diploma, 58 percent of them have their children out of wedlock. Women with a college diploma tend to have their first child two years after marriage. Women without a college diploma tend to have their first child two years before marriage – and usually with a man other than the one they will eventually marry.
In some lower-income and racial-minority neighborhoods, the out-of-wedlock birthrates can range from two-thirds to three-quarters.
And you can’t blame that on the gay guys.
Out-of-wedlock births would seem to be pretty exclusively a heterosexual problem.
Translation: We can’t blame that on them.
Sure, it’s nice to be able to point your finger at somebody. Having a scapegoat always makes life easier. But to blame your problems on somebody else, you’ve typically got to lie.
And lying accomplishes nothing good.
Marriage is the cornerstone of the family. The family is the cornerstone of society. Bearing children is the capstone of marriage and the purpose of the family.
And all those things are screwed up right now.
We delay or avoid marriage, and we delay or avoid having children. And when we do have children, we increasingly have them out of wedlock, thereby all but dooming them and the society in which they will live.
That’s our situation.
That’s our problem.
That’s our grave threat.
And that has nothing to do with gay marriage.
Gay marriage is a distraction. Those who support it will donate to and vote for Democrats. Those who oppose it will donate to and vote for Republicans. Both parties bang the drum in order to whip up frenzy, so that they can garner contributions and votes.
And nobody says or does a thing about what really matters.
The president is in favor of gay marriage. Hillary Clinton is in favor of gay marriage. The guy from Ohio is in favor of gay marriage. And they’ve all said so publicly.
While they’ve all been silent on what counts.
Nothing encouraging real marriage. Nothing spotlighting the cancer of out-of-wedlock birth. Nothing about nothing at all.
Just bull-crap political posturing about gay marriage.
That might help get votes, but it won’t help fix our problem.
Which shows what it is the politicians really care about.