The government must be willing to regulate the definition of marriage — or risk social chaos, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council says.
“If, in fact, the driving force here is that love trumps all and the government has no role in regulating marriage and in defining marriage . . . as it’s been defined for over 2,500 years, it really does put us on a slippery slope,’’ Ken Blackwell told John Fund on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’
“Because if, in fact, one man loves two women and they love him, who are we to say that they can’t marry?’’
He said that at present, immigrants from cultures that allow two or more spouses will not be allowed into the country unless they are willing to drop all but one and declare their marriage to that person.
But without regulation, “who’s to say that they then wouldn’t have a constitutional right if they fulfill the immigration requirements to, in fact, come in or who would say that American citizens who reside in Utah right now and wanted to engage in polygamy could not engage in polygamy?’’
Blackwell added that “part of the vantage of marriage, as it has been defined, is that it represents the best unit to not only perpetuate the human raise, but to raise children and there seems to be no argument against that in the social sciences.’’
Blackwell, who is on the board of directors of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said President Barack Obama has made it a priority to “transform our family-centered society into a government-centered society.’’
“But, more fundamentally, he wants to transform our national philosophy founded upon the prominence of the individual and the supremacy of God, to one founded upon the prominence of the collective good and the supremacy of the central government,’’ he said.
“And the only thing that really stands in his way is the U.S. Constitution. The founders erected the Constitution as a wall designed to stop any president from fundamentally transforming our country — and so we are in a historic debate and in a historic struggle.’’
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