They are expending a considerable amount of energy promoting their book, What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.

However, this book is nothing more than an expanded repackaging of George’s 2008 piece for Witherspoon Institute titled Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles. That piece called for “special attention” to “Protect the public understanding of marriage as the union of one man with one woman as husband
and wife.”

These three smart and well educated guys are putting their religious convictions ahead of their intellect. The lesser known Sherif Girgis is a 2008 Princeton graduate, a Rhodes scholar, a Ph.D candidate at Princeton and a JD candidate at Yale. His senior thesis, entitled “Why Bad Sex is Like Torture,” promotes the idea that non-procreative sex is immoral even between married partners. He must be a bundle of fun.

Ryan T. Anderson is the Editor of Public Discourse, the organ of the Opus Deist Withspoon Institute. He is a 2007 graduate of Princeton and currently a Ph.D candidate at Notre Dame. Anderson recently wrote: “Redefining marriage would abandon the norm of male-female sexual
complementarity [sic] as an essential characteristic of marriage.” He has also said: “We should get rid of the idea that mommies can be good daddies and daddies can be good mommies.” Actually, we should get rid of the idea that well educated people are necessarily insightful.

Presumed Opus Deist, Princeton professor Robert “Robby” George is the founder of National Organization for Marriage, the Witherspoon Institute and the author of the Manhattan Declaration. He also orchestrated the hate campaign against Kevin Jennings (then at the US Department of Education) claiming that Jennings was a threat to the “innocence” of children because he is gay. Lately, George has been shilling for a return to the gold standard (he really needs to speak with his colleague, Paul Krugman).

Together, these three promote what they call the “conjugal view” of marriage, which they define
as: “a comprehensive union: a union of will (by consent) and body (by
sexual union); inherently ordered to procreation and thus the broad
sharing of family life; and calling for permanent and exclusive
commitment, whatever the spouses’ preferences.”

Ultimately, these three very religious and very homophobic men are trying to convince people that their point of view is benign secularism based on their concern for society. At a recent right-wing Heritage Foundation seminar they made the claim that the same-sex marriage debate is not about equality, it is about defining marriage. Obviously, that means their definition. At the same seminar they made the claim that George made five years prior that “redefining” marriage eroded limited government. The argument goes something like; Gay marriage erodes marriage; Eroded marriage puts more people on welfare; Welfare is antithetical to limited government.

The problem with all of this is that they have failed abysmally to demonstrate that marriage equality has any of the consequences that George has been yelling about for at least eight years. As I previously noted, in 2008, Robert George authored, through Witherspoon, Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles which called explicitly for banning same-sex marriage. That polemic opens with the premise

In recent years, marriage has weakened, with serious negative consequences for society as a whole. Four developments are especially troubling: divorce, illegitimacy, cohabitation, and same-sex marriage.

It ultimately states:

… same-sex marriage would likely corrode marital norms of sexual fidelity, since gay marriage advocates and gay couples tend to downplay the importance of sexual fidelity in their definition of marriage.

In other words, gay people are philandering perverts     and it’s contagious.

According to George in 2008, gay marriage opens the door to multiple partner unions (something he claimed that the gay community concedes is true) and ruined Spain’s culture in spite of the fact that same-sex marriages account for only 2.5% of all marriages in Spain.

In spite of the fact that same-sex marriage has expanded considerably since 2008, none of the consequences that George predicted have occurred. Massachusetts, for example, continues to have one of the Lowest divorce rates in the United States.

George has been peddling the same unproved nonsense for five years.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.