Gay marriage obsession – losing momentum?

by on 2 May, 2013


Beyond the euphoria of Gay Marriage supporters, inconvenient statistics remain – rarely reported. Ben-Peter Terpstra explains. GC.Ed.@L.

The media-approved seven per cent

Clearly, the world isn’t as pro-gay marriage as Australia’s establishment media. With only 14 of the world’s 195 nation states allowing same-sex partners to marry, your average “gay marriage” state belongs to an experimental minority. We’re talking eccentric social-engineering islands. Together, they make up the seven per cent.

So your average gay-marriage state looks like…? In short, the sociological answer is…very white.  Such nations tend to be relatively small, overwhelmingly Caucasian, and frighteningly bureaucratic. Think, legalistic Belgium for a good example. 

Nevertheless, media elites boast that gay-marriage nations are “ahead of history,” implying that white-majority nations are morally superior, even inherently enlightened (a curious position for self-styled multiculturalists to hold). 

So, are they? Are the Belgians more evolved than, say, the Japanese, even though Japan can boast of lower separation/divorce rates and fewer designer fatherless families?

For the record, there are no gay-marriage Asian states and only one in Africa (South Africa) where the sexist institution of polygamy is legal.  Therefore, this does point to a level of establishment media ignorance.

Curiously, same-sex marriage first became legal in the Netherlands on April Fools’ Day of 2001. At the time it was said that marriage-hungry gays would rush to organise massive weddings creating huge pink markets. Or as activist Henk Krol, the editor-in-chief of Gay Krant magazine enthusiastically predicted, “10-15 percent of all marriages in 2001 – more than 10,000 – will be by gay couples.”

Krol was wrong. In fact, around 2,500 gay couples married that year and gay-marriage declined in popularity soon after. 

A handful of cosmopolitan American states have also selectively redefined marriage. Yet, even in liberal New York, same-sex marriage isn’t proving popular. As Doug Mainwaring, a self-identified homosexual against gay-marriage, says, a “shoe sale at Macy’s would produce a bigger stampede” than gay-marriage applicants in NYC. 

Placing little value on freedom of speech and religious liberty, your typical gay-marriage nation is hardly compassionate either. Consider Canada. There, an intolerant secular fundamentalism is harshly applied. As Bradley W. Miller, an associate professor of law at the University of Western Ontario and a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University points out: religious groups have been fined for refusing to host post-wedding celebrations, poor and “uneducated” citizens with politically-incorrect views have been subjected to investigations by so-called human rights commissions, disobedient thinkers have been ordered to pay fines and even critical-thinking teachers can be punished for expressing pro-traditional marriage opinions outside of work. “Much speech that was permitted before same-sex marriage now carries risks,” warns Miller. 

As well, the seven per cent nations have lopsided priorities. For example, in the Netherlands, two men can legally marry but it’s still dangerous to hold hands in public where Islamist street gangs run wild. And, in South Africa, petrified lesbians live in legitimate fear of witchcraft-inspired “corrective rape” rapists. 

Incidentally, Mainwaring predicts a future backlash against same-sex marriage in the U.S., a backlash that has already taken off in France. As Mainwaring argues, gay-marriage fever will pass, and not without reason. Fevers often do. Indeed, in France, opposition to designer fatherless and motherless families is uniting Muslims, Christians, Orthodox Jews and anti-gay marriage gays against big government socialist politicians. 

Built on a weak foundation, today’s counterfeit marriage movement is often enabled by judicial activists, flip-flopping politicians, campaigning journalists and opinion polls with lead questions. Opposite-sex marriage, by way of contrast, has thousands of years of time-honoured wisdom behind it, not to mention Islam and Christianity (two massive world faiths).  

As critical thinkers, we need to ask ourselves: how sustainable is the genderless soul mate theory of marriage in the long-term? What happened to media equality is another important issue.

Postscript: In underreported news, a bid to redefine marriage in Northern Ireland has failed. In Colombia too, same-sex marriage was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 51-17.

Ben-Peter Terpstra contributes to many publications including MH and Quadrant.

 His blog: B.P. Terpstra.


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