Ryan T. Anderson of the conservative Heritage Foundation argues in an amicus brief before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals that everyone's for marriage equality, but allowing gay couples to marry would hurt marriage.
In his friend-of-the-court brief, Anderson sides with Florida officials who are appealing a federal judge's ruling striking down Florida's 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual unions.
While the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court have refused to block the ruling from taking effect on January 6, Florida officials continue to defend the ban in court.
“This case is not about whether to expand the pool of people eligible to marry,” Anderson writes. “Everyone is for marriage equality – for recognizing all marriages, properly understood. This case is rather about who, in our constitutional regime, gets to decide what marriage is, and about which possible definitions are constitutionally permissible.”
“Law shapes culture, which shapes people's behavior. Marriage law shapes what people expect of themselves and others with respect to marriage. So if the law defines marriage as, essentially, romantic-emotional union, people can be expected to internalize this view. But because this view removes any basis of principle for norms like permanence and exclusivity, and promotes an ideology of expressive individualism that prioritizes personal emotional fulfillment, its prevalence is likely to further destabilize the institution of marriage across society. This would harm the interests – primarily having to do with children's well being – that involve the state in marriage.”
Anderson adds: “But none of these harms is caused by recognizing infertile (opposite-sex) marriages, which cohere with the conjugal view.”
The Eleventh Circuit is expected to hear arguments in the case early in the new year.
In the never ending attempt by right wing (supposedly) religious conservatives, to demonize homosexuals, they continuously fail to see the elephant in the room.
Once again, they refuse to take responsibility for their own actions...if heterosexual marriages are in such dire straits, then why don't they do the one thing they *NEVER* mention?
Make it harder for heterosexual couples to get a divorce.
That, of course, wouldn't allow them to blame someone else for their own problems.