Struggling to find a way to stay relevant as the nation celebrates the passage of marriage equality in New York, the Heritage Foundation Foundry blog offers five “impacts” of the vote. Unsurprisingly, Heritage’s anti-equality talking points lack any originality and definitely do not measure up as “impacts”:
“IMPACT” 1: The vote continues an adverse trend for marriage law in New York.
REALITY: Heritage points out New York was the last state to allow no-fault divorce and that people are now more likely to cohabitate and have children out of wedlock. Two questions: 1) If less people want to be married, is that a reflection on the people’s commitment or on the desirability of the institution of marriage? 2) What does less people wanting to get married have to do with more people (same-sex couples) wanting to get married?
“IMPACT” 2: The policy change emanates from a legislature and is reversible by the legislature.
REALITY: Opponents of marriage equality can “vow to take the New York law to referendum” all they want. New York doesn’t have a referendum process, so they won’t get very far.
“IMPACT” 3: Religious liberty is suffering a death of a thousand cuts, and the collision of religious/moral conscience and nondiscrimination laws still looms.
REALITY: “Nondiscrimination statutes…hurt religious and moral freedoms.” How nice to see it stated so obviously — the supposed freedom being infringed upon is the “freedom” to discriminate against the LGBT community.
“IMPACT” 4: Redefinition of the family is the clear goal of same-sex marriage activists.
REALITY: It’s unclear what definition of “family” Heritage is referring to. Same-sex families were just as much families on Thursday as they were on Saturday. Now, though, those 14,000 children already being raised by same-sex couples in New York can be legally protected.
“IMPACT” 5: Marriage is a mega-issue and merits a full-scale national debate in 2012.
REALITY: Heritage stops short of admitting that a majority of Americans now consistently support marriage equality. If marriage is a so-called “mega-issue” that will dominate the 2012 elections, groups on the anti-equality side of that debate should prepare for the worst.
Here is one real impact of Friday night’s vote: The more than 42,000 same-sex couples living in New York can now obtain legal protections for their relationships and simultaneously boost New York’s economy. How did that not make Heritage’s list?