By Mark Ellis
With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to hear oral arguments this week regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, a prominent conservative voice suggested we may see a future Republican nominee for president support homosexual marriage.
George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC News’ This Week, asked Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s deputy chief of staff, “Can you imagine in the next presidential campaign, a Republican candidate, saying flat out, ‘I am for gay marriage?’”
“I could,” Rove asserted confidently, to the surprise of many observers.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist pastor before he entered politics, predicted evangelicals will bolt the Republican party if it supports redefining marriage.
When Newsmax asked if he believes the Republican Party will reverse its position on gay marriage he said, “They might, and if they do, they’re going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk.”
“And it’s not because there’s an anti-homosexual mood, and nobody’s homophobic that I know of,” he stated, “but many of us, and I consider myself included, base our standards not on the latest Washington Post poll, but on an objective standard, not a subjective standard.”
Michael Milton, chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary, believes the objective standard is rooted in the “inalienable rights” enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.
“The nation we live in is grounded in “inalienable rights” that come from God, not from government,” Milton notes. Milton says that marriage is a God-given or “natural” right that came to mankind, and government must guard and defend it, not dispense with it or even arbitrate it.
“We all know that murder, stealing, and adultery are wrong and to be condemned. These are embedded in the very conscience of man,” Milton says. The same holds true for the definition of a man and a woman – and their union in marriage.
One does not need to appeal to the Bible to make the argument, he maintains. “This is not a ‘religious’ matter, but a matter of ‘natural law’ that transcends government and social trends and attitudes. One of those inviolable laws is the law of marriage.”
Marriage came to humanity at the very beginning. “The Church did not invent marriage. The Church (and the Synagogue) seeks to bless what God has placed in the very nature of mankind and the order of His universe.”
“Biology itself defends the arrangement and without ever appealing to St. Paul, I could appeal the universal law that is placed in man’s heart,” he adds.
Milton soberly predicts the course of any society that violates these fundamental principles. “It will lead us on a pathway toward self-destruction,” he asserts.
“Marriage is an inviolable law that cannot be tampered with by man. We don’t have a right to mess around with it. It is lunacy and suicidal to think and act otherwise.”
He urges conservatives to resist the current trend toward libertarianism, which leads to license. They must not join the “ranks of conscience-seared and sadly mistaken people who so cavalierly dislodge the veritable cornerstone of human civilization,” which is marriage between one man and one woman.