The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) is reporting that the Raleigh city council has passed a resolution opposing a ban on gay marriage.
In a 6-2 vote Tuesday, the city council opposed a statewide amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.
The vote follows earlier comments from Raleigh’s outgoing mayor who described the ban as “discriminatory.”
Got to love those scare quotes. Just imagine, suggesting that it’s discriminatory to tell millions of people that they’re not allowed to marry the one they love just because they happen to fall in love differently than a lot of other people. How biased can you get?
Never fear, though. The holy men and women of the CBN are right there to remind us all about the proper limitations of government.
Traditional marriage supporters say the city is overstepping its bounds.
Right. You can always tell an overly-intrusive government by the way it advocates keeping the state out of people’s private business. A properly bounded government will pick your spouse for you.
What the article fails to report, of course, is that other supporters of traditional marriage also support the city council’s actions. The ACLU, for example, praised the city council and called on other cities to follow Raleigh’s example. And they’re staunch defenders of traditional marriage: let some government agency try to deny a man and a woman the right to marry—because they’re of different races, say—and the ACLU will be right there defending the right to heterosexual marriage as well.
Here’s the dirty little secret: traditional marriage doesn’t actually have any enemies. Nobody is attacking the right of heterosexuals to marry one another. Gay marriage and straight marriage are not mutually exclusive alternatives. It’s perfectly possible and reasonable to defend both at the same time (and in fact it’s hypocritical to defend one and not the other).
So three cheers for the Raleigh city council. I, and other supporters of both traditional marriage AND gay marriage, salute you.