On Monday, we discussed how Pastor Robert Jeffress said that legal same-sex marriage would lead to legal polygamy, legal child marriages and the End Times. Question: if same-sex marriage will lead to the End Times, does it really matter what else it'll lead to? The End Times by definition are pretty much it, yes? By the way, he also said 9/11 was God's punishment against the United States because of legal abortion.
You might think Jeffress is an isolated quack, but he's perfectly in line was mainstream conservative dogma. In fact, the conservative Heritage Foundation published an article on its The Daily Signal website that rivals anything Jeffress -- or Pat Robertson, for that matter -- has ever said.
The article goes to great lengths to make the case that same-sex marriage will lead to a skyrocketing increase in, yes, abortions.
In a nutshell: A reduction in the opposite-sex marriage rate means an increase in the percentage of women who are unmarried and who, according to all available data, have much higher abortion rates than married women. And based on past experience, institutionalizing same-sex marriage poses an enormous risk of reduced opposite-sex marriage rates.
Yeah, it's all horsecrap. But in a sinister way, it's attempting to up the ante on the "gay marriage is a threat to traditional marriage" argument by making it literally a threat, then tying in a third consequence: more abortions. In other words, the author, appellate attorney Gene Schaerr, is suggesting that more same-sex marriages means fewer straight marriages, and the unwed women will have more abortions because that's what unwed women do. The unspoken assumption here is that all of those unwed abortion-having women would've, I don't know, inadvertently married closeted gay men who only ended up marrying women because they couldn't marry men? Absurd times a gazillion, but that appears to be the subtext here... CONTINUE READING