It has been said that if you wish to remake a culture, you have to disassociate it from it roots, its foundation.
Having said that, here is John Adams, 2nd President of the United States and signer of the Declaration of Independence, from 1798:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
And from today's paper.
Reporting from San Francisco and Los Angeles —
A federal judge declared California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Wednesday, saying that no legitimate state interest justified treating gay and lesbian couples differently from others and that "moral disapproval" was not enough to save the voter-passed Proposition 8.
"The evidence shows conclusively that moral and religious views form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples," Walker wrote.
What are the reasons we have laws against marrying children? Are they not, really, almost entirely moral arguments? Dismissing those types of arguments, and we dismiss our heritage. Sweep that out of the way, and those in power get to remake society.
Doug Payton blogs at Considerettes.