Anderson: Contraception Led to Same-Sex Marriage

Anderson: Contraception Led to Same-Sex Marriage June 2, 2015

Ryan Anderson, the same-sex marriage opponent that is treated like a fresh young voice on the subject even though he makes the same tired arguments everyone else does, told an interviewer from a Catholic podcast that he blames gay marriage ultimately on contraception.

Patrick Coffin, who hosts a podcast for the group Catholic Answers, asked Anderson whether “the widespread acceptance of contraception” was “the first domino to fall” on the way to marriage equality.

“Yes, the sexual revolution explains quite a bit of this,” Anderson agreed. “We only arrived at the place where we are today, in 2015, at the cusp of a potential Supreme Court case redefining marriage everywhere because we’ve had a culture since the ‘60s, since the sexual revolution, that has largely made a mess of human sexuality, the family and marriage. It’s only after a generation or two of premarital sex, non-marital childbearing, the hookup culture, pornography, no-fault divorce, that you’d then be at the point of saying, ‘Oh, yeah, marriage has nothing to do with men and women.’”

This is not a new argument from him. He made it as far back as 2006:

As people continue to see the bad results of the sexual revolution, they are likely to reevaluate their current attitudes toward sex, and while doing so they may find that the logic of human sexuality leads right back to traditional Christian orthodoxy. Might the continued push for same-sex “marriage” and the normalization of homosexuality prove to be the tipping point, the catalyst for a widespread reexamination of Christian sexual practice? Might these issues push the envelope so far that, as faithful Christians reflect on the reasons why they must conclude that homosexual acts fail to embody the truth of human sexuality, they come to realize that these same reasons entail the immorality of contraception? (For the moment I’ll assume that anyone entertaining this line of thought has already concluded that premarital and extramarital sex likewise fail to embody the truth of human sexuality.)

I think this reveals the real motivation behind opposition to marriage equality. It isn’t just about “ewwww, gay people.” It’s about controlling how other people have sex. It’s about imposing their particular Christian beliefs about sexuality on everyone else. Because it isn’t enough for them to not use contraception or to not be gay, everyone else must be brought under their boot and forbidden from doing it too.

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