Jim Brown and Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 6/1/2009 6:00:00 AMhttp://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=547244 A pro-family activist says a former Mitt Romney adviser is "providing aid and comfort" to proponents of same-sex "marriage."
Pepperdine University law professor and Barack Obama supporter Doug Kmiec recently told CNSNews.com that he would like to see marriage replaced, in the legal sense, with a neutral civil license. Kmiec, a self-professed pro-life, pro-traditional marriage Catholic, is quoted as saying: "I think the way to untie the state from this problem is to create a new terminology that would apply to everyone -- straight or gay -- call it 'civil license.'"
Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel reacts to Professor Douglas Kmiec's comments. "Why on earth would all of society officially ban marriage to appease a tiny minority of obnoxious post-modernists who simply want to destroy the institution by radically redefining it?" he wonders.
He compares it to changing all government documents to read "citizen" rather than "male" or "female" to appease transgendered people. Barber believes Americans need to stop trying to undermine marriage.
"Marriage is a fundamental cornerstone of any healthy society," Barber contends. "I always think of it this way: if we introduce counterfeit money into commerce, then the dollar is devalued. By the same token, if we introduce counterfeit marriage into society, the fundamental institution of marriage is devalued, and society demonstrably suffers for it."
Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, says Kmiec's proposal amounts to a moral surrender on the issue of marriage.
"It's not surprising that an attorney who was willing to endorse Barack Obama would take a position that would certainly serve the interest of homosexual activist groups," he points out, "but I think it should open some eyes that this very same man, before endorsing Barack Obama, served as the chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign advisory committee regarding the judiciary and the courts, which reasonably might have led to a similar position in the Romney administration had Mitt Romney been elected."
Kmiec's proposal falls into the same category of "moral retreat" displayed by a Focus on the Family spokesman who said being engaged in homosexual behavior should not disqualify someone from being elevated to a position on the U.S. Supreme Court, Glenn concludes.