It’s been said that marriage is a social institution and that society is entitled to change it. I agree and, for my part, I do not have any difficulty with same-sex couples establishing themselves in permanent, loving relationships known as “marriage”.
However, it is a mistake to believe that the Government, the state or Parliament is the embodiment of society. Such nonsense deserves to be abandoned in the graveyard of the statist Left. They may have believed Hegel’s “The state is the actuality of the ethical idea”, but who with any experience of its failures can think so today?
And so we find ourselves in the throes of yet another pressure cooker: whether the law should be changed to recognise gay marriage. The secular liberal elite seems to understand neither a profound respect for the stability of fundamental institutions nor the notion that marriage is bound up with faith in God.