Joyce Minor

Don’t mess with marriage

Hollywood and the mainstream news media have perpetrated a huge hoax on the American people, and our courts have not only bought the lie, they’ve backed it up.

Together they have convinced us that 25 percent of Americans are homosexual. NBC even labeled that lifestyle “the new normal.”

They also convinced us that the only people who question that 25 percent are bigots. Thus they cowed us into accepting the idea that our beliefs were scientifically correct. And we caved, but not anymore.

Finally, we have proof, verified by the federal government, that what the vast majority of Americans believed all along is absolutely true.

According to a broad-based survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, only 1.6 percent of Americans identify themselves as homosexual. That’s not one-in-four as Hollywood claims, but barely more than one-in-100.

So why does 1.6 percent of the population have such broad-based power over the rest of us? It’s because we allow it, and we can just as easily disallow it. We must have the backbone to stand our ground and insist that our courts respect the scientific truth as well as the will of the majority — the majority that has voted to ban same-sex marriage in numerous states.

Instead, we have allowed unelected judges to strike down marriage protection laws in state after state. Those laws were legally enacted by elected representatives and in many cases, affirmed by statewide referendum. Those laws should not be so easily nullified by appointed judges who cavalierly brush aside the verified intent of the people.

Some judges have taken the opinion that laws banning same-sex marriage violate the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Balderdash!

Not all judges have succumbed to that misinterpretation of the law. Tennessee Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. recently ruled that Tennessee’s marriage protection amendment, as ratified by 81 percent of Tennessee voters, does not violate the Equal Protection Clause.

Judge Simmons determined that marriage is indeed a fundamental right, but also that “marriage has never been legally defined as anything other than between one man and one woman.”

Simmons also wrote, “Marriage and procreation are fundamental to the very existence and survival of the human race. Marriage can simply not be divorced from its traditional procreative purpose.” Simmons also said that marriages “have a rational basis and a reasonable relationship to a legitimate state interest.” By inference they have no relationship to a federal interest. Unfortunately, that difference could force the U.S. Supreme Court to take up this issue.

Recently, the European Court of Human Rights determined that countries in the European Union are not required to recognize gay marriage. Since only 10 of the 47 states in the EU recognize same-sex marriages, the court concluded, “It would be better to let the debate continue rather than impose a universal solution on all the countries in the European Union.”

Of course, only American law should influence American judicial opinions, but it is affirming to see that, even in liberal Europe, marriage is viewed as something better regulated by individual states.

Of course, the real take-away from all of this is that we as Americans must not allow our legislative process, and thus the voice of the people, to be hijacked by the opinions of a relative few in the news and entertainment world.

Perhaps 25 percent of Hollywood is homosexual, but not 25 percent of America. We must remember that Hollywood is arguably the only place on the planet where people live in a totally make-believe world, unless you include Congress, of course.