Conservatives, Libertarians Must Decide — Constitution or Bible?
Conservatives experienced another case today of the Constitution of the United States not being able to uphold the principles of history and those taught in the Bible. Must we choose between the Constitution or Bible?
As a Christian and a recent convert to Catholicism, I am against gay marriage when “marriage” is redefined. To me, anything other than marriage between a man and a woman is not “marriage.” I explained my position fully in a controversial column Mar. 28. I’m not against rights for gay couples, but to me, the term “marriage” has a specific meaning that does not align with a man and a man or a woman and a woman being “married” to one another.
Of course, the argument that those gave to keep DOMA — that same-sex children cannot be raised in a loving, solid household — was the worst argument I’ve ever heard to support traditional marriage. I literally cringed when I heard that this was the argument given before the Supreme Court, because the conservatives were caving in to giving poor emotional arguments like the liberals usually do rather than using factual information like the LGBT-lobby has done in promoting “marriage equality.” Making this about the children — when over half of our marriages end in divorce and we have nannies, grandparents, sisters, and daycare workers helping to raise our children — was a ludicrous, losing argument from the beginning. It may be your personal belief that a child raised in a home with a father and mother is best, and I would agree with you; however, that isn’t going to sway five justices (and it didn’t), and it isn’t going to sway the general population (and it hasn’t). There were historical arguments that could have been given for keeping the definition of the word “marriage,” and other aspects I explained in my Mar. 28 column on the issue.
The problem we now have as conservatives and libertarians is, do we choose the Constitution or the Bible? I cannot find much fault with the Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday that equal protection is necessary under federal law for couples married in states where gay marriage is acceptable. Wouldn’t we expect the federal government to respect state’s abortion restrictions and conceal carry gun laws, as well? While the situation here is certainly somewhat different given that federal benefits would apply to same-sex couples, the theory remains the same. We want the federal government to respect state’s laws but yet we want the federal government to disregard a law passed by a state when we don’t agree with it? If that’s the case, we might as well become fair weather friends of the Constitution like the liberals are.
For true libertarians, gay marriage is not even an issue: the Constitution provides for “equal protection” under the fifth amendment, and the government should stay out of it other than to ensure that equal protection. Fiscal conservatives often feel the same. Social conservatives, frequently Christians, view gay marriage with a religious filter that, in this case, disagrees with the Constitution as SCOTUS ruled Wednesday.
Moving forward then, do conservatives and libertarians choose the Constitution or the Bible? This is a debate that we need to have, and it is one that could split the right-wing on decisions often thought to be moral, religious ones. The Constitution is the law of the land, so what do we do when it specifically provides for actions that we view from the Bible to be wrong?
Can Constitutional conservatives support both the Constitution and the Bible? And, when they differ, with which do you fall?
If we are going to support the Constitution as the law of the land, then I would argue that we must support the Constitution in areas where it is applicable; specifically, it is applicable at the federal level. If we aren’t happy with that, then our choice is to convince the American public otherwise and add a Constitutional amendment. Had DOMA been an amendment there would not be an issue.
It is also imperative that we remain supportive of the rights of individual states, and it would seem that SCOTUS actually strengthened this position in its ruling Wednesday by forcing the federal government to recognize the decision of each individual state as it relates to gay marriage.
Each conservative or libertarian must decide, and be consistent to be credible: when the two conflict, do you say Constitution or Bible?by