July 16, 2004
The proposed constitutional amendment to preserve marriage for men and women went down in flames two days ago in the Senate.
Proponents didn't even get close to the two-thirds votes they needed. They had difficulty mustering a simple majority.
Here are my thoughts.
First, the rogue courts have taken this issue out of the hands of citizens.
Appeals for the states to handle it will not matter if the courts rule preserving marriage between a man and a woman is discriminatory.
But there's a greater problem.
The melting of the social glue is not the fault of government. It's the fault of the rest of us.
Too many heterosexuals do not take marriage seriously. We who are Christian expect those who are not to think as we do and behave as we say.
But how is that possible since unbelievers have not been transformed by the renewing of their minds? Has an unbeliever ever been persuaded by polls, sociology or biblical truth?
The way of the world is laid out in prophecy. So is the way of the kingdom not of this world. Let's not confuse the two.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.