As the three youngest members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Republican caucus, we continue to believe that the push for a new definition of marriage is an attempt to carve out a special right that has no basis in the traditions of our country.
We believe that all Americans deserve to be treated with dignity, but that equal treatment has no bearing on the question of how marriage is defined.
Marriage is defined as the union of a man and a woman. It's not defined as a union between a man and another man nor a woman and another woman. Doing so would represent creating a new right, not adhering to any previously understood right. Proponents of same-sex marriage who believe it is a constitutional right are simply wrong.
It has been suggested that younger Republicans are now open to the idea of gay marriage. Is gay marriage gaining traction with young people? Yes. But that is because of the moralistic relativity that is constantly being promoted by Hollywood and in many areas of pop culture today. The idea that is too frequently becoming the norm is that everything is allowed and nothing is off limits.
God intended one man and one woman to be tied in holy matrimony for their entire lives. Proponents of gay marriage will point fingers at straight couples getting divorces, but that's not the fault of traditional marriage — that's an issue for each individual couple to deal with and answer to God. Humans are flawed individuals and fall short of the grace and glory of God. That, unfortunately, includes marriages that end. It is a straw-man argument.