On Thursday, New Jersey became the latest state to defend traditional marriage.

Liberal activism aimed at changing the culture and the law on
abortion, euthanasia, religious freedom and same-sex marriage get
headlines, but they’re usually shallow stories with thinly disguised
activism. Just look at the way they’re reported

“Minutes after the bill was defeated 20-14, gay rights advocates
announced they would file a lawsuit seeking to get the state’s top
court to order New Jersey to recognize same-sex matrimony.

“The state Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the state must provide
all the benefits of marriage to committed gay couples. In response, the
Legislature legalized civil unions for gay couples.

“The Senate vote also was the latest setback for gay rights supporters nationally.

But look at the reason behind the defense of traditional marriage.

“Flipping through TV channels to escape re-runs of old news that was
bad and uninformative enough first time around, I discovered Princeton
Professor Robert George on EWTN talking with Colleen Carroll Campbell
about marriage. I stopped what I was doing to listen, George being one
of my favorite scholars in America. They were talking about what
marriage is intended to be, because frankly, this culture needs to be
reminded what that role is. What immediately caught my attention…other
than George being on Faith & Culture…was hearing “the government
cannot make good citizens”, which resonated as….well, true. But who
ever puts it so clearly?

“George went on to say government can make rules to keep citizens
from being bad, or keep them in line, but virtue is only taught within
the family. He exposed the fallacies of secular arguments, arguments
for new definitions of what constitutes a marriage. And George, as
always, followed the arguments through to their logical conclusions and
showed how they break down in the process.

“This exercise in reasoning about traditional marrage is repeated
many times over in “The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, And
Morals”, a relatively new book George co-edited.”

Strongly recommended, this book. It makes you engage critical
thinking skills about the deeper ramifications of cultural trends
marketed for maximum public acceptance.

It’s very disinenuous when the liberal activists go into South
Dakota, convince the citizens there to vote down the informed consent
law for abortion, and then tell the pro-life movement ‘you lost, it’s
over, now don’t try it again’. Then the same organizations behind that
activism go into California and fight bitterly the results of the voter
referendum on same-sex marriage in that state, threatening to take them
to court until they get their way. Same on the New Jersey decision
Thursday.

So the message is, when you don’t win, change the rules.

Good for the officials of New Jersey who refused to be bullied.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....