It’s quite an accomplishment, overturning millennia of understanding about marriage. In just a couple of self-obsessed and nihilistic generations, we’ve managed to render that sacred pillar of civil society more or less meaningless. We’ve degraded it into just another “right” in the never-ending list progressive activists demand, judges arbitrarily invent, and bureaucrats uphold at the expense of actual constitutional rights.
But boy did we have help! Marriage was in a lamentable state anyway, stripped of religious significance and “til death do us part” seriousness. But it’s the media elite’s relentless normalization of homosexuality that has really done it in for holy matrimony. Besides the free exercise of religion, marriage is the most important casualty of the media’s wholesale adoption of the gay agenda.
Entertainment and news media figures are happy to take credit for it. In 2012, Vice President Biden announced his support for gay marriage and noted that public perception of homosexuality had changed. “I think Will and Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far,” he said of the late-90s sitcom. In response, Will and Grace star Deborah Messing tweeted, “I’m thrilled Biden has come out in support of gay marriage and am beyond proud of what he said.” And Will and Grace were latecomers to a party Hollywood had been throwing since the 1970s.
We can be sure news media figures would take the same victory lap – in truth, many already have. The fact is, the legalization of gay marriage is mainly a result of the push by media activists.
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It doesn’t take much to link the degraded status of marriage to the degraded condition of journalism. Newsrooms and studios in major cities are full of secular liberals who’ve learned from other secular liberals and were reared on tales of the Civil Rights movement and the crusade against racial injustice.
But Selma and the March on Washington happened more than 40 years ago. There’s no equivalent injustice today. So journalists have invented one.