Against the background rhetoric of “inevitability” and “times are changing” the US Republican Party has recently reaffirmed its support for the traditional definition of marriage. From its Resolution for Marriage and Children 2013:

Resolved, the Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America; and be it further

Resolved, the Republican National Committee implores the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Given such a huge proportion of Americans believe so passionately in the traditional definition of marriage, it is great news for the democratic process that at least one major political party is standing up for their beliefs. Political parties around the world which claim to represent the core convictions of the public and yet change positions on fundamental issues like marriage due to media pressure and frivolous arguments like “it’s inevitable” are not worthy of serious attention. At least most people in the US Republican Party understand this.

Blaise Joseph is a third-year commerce student at the University of New South Wales with a strong interest in social policy. Blaise is originally from Canberra, the centre of politics and the public...