Correcting One Another V: “Marriage is a Mess and Homosexuals Didn’t Do It”

Representative Rebecca Hamilton is a 16-year member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and blogs at Public Catholic. 

She says, “I was first elected in 1980, served three terms, then left office when I had my first child. Before I was elected, I was an ardent pro abortion activist. I helped found the first abortion clinic in Oklahoma and, during the early 1970s, was the NARAL Director for Oklahoma.

“I was re-elected in 2002. I had experienced a powerful religious conversion which changed me concerning issues of life. I had also converted to the Catholic Church. The same people in the same House District who had elected me as a pro-choice advocate graciously re-elected me as a pro-life Catholic.”

In her post of 6 June, she writes

It’s not a complicated issue to me, and it has almost nothing to do with what marriage is not. It’s about what marriage is. What marriage is begins with the law. Marriage under the law is and should continue to be a union freely entered into by one man and one woman. But legal definitions are just the scaffolding we use to support the social structures of how we order our lives. The actual edifice, the reality of marriage as it is lived, is something much more complex and important than that legal definition can impart.

We focus our national attention on the definition of marriage under the law. We wear out our keyboards writing about it and revile one another over our positions on it. But despite the accusations and counter-accusations that season our debate, we ignore the home truths of marriage in this country today. The truth is, marriage has been a mess for quite some time. And homosexuals weren’t the ones who messed it up.

Homosexuals didn’t set off the epidemic of divorce in this country. Homosexuals didn’t create the millions of feral children who spend most of their time alone, raising themselves on video games, drugs and interactions with their peers. Homosexuals don’t cheat on our spouses. Homosexuals don’t break into our homes and yell and curse at our families. They aren’t the cause of the rising number of unwed births and the global pandemic of abortion. We did these things. Marriage is a mess and it was heterosexuals who messed it up. …

Read the rest at Marriage is a Mess and Homosexuals Didn’t Do It.

One thought on “Correcting One Another V: “Marriage is a Mess and Homosexuals Didn’t Do It”

  1. rebelsprite says:

    True…and very important to remember, in case heterosexuals get on their moral high horse about how they have upheld the sanctity of marriage for sexual/biological reasons alone. But the thought isn’t complete without considering the fact that homosexuals haven’t been been able to mess up marriage as they were not able to get married up until recently. If they had been able to marry all these years, there’s nothing to suggest that somehow their marriages and homes would have not been rife with the same problems. The above-mentioned problems have nothing to do with sexual orientation in the biological sense, but rather have to do with not having a healthy spiritual context and orientation in which everything having to do with marriage is honored and upheld.

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