Where are all the gay weddings we were promised? Here we are two years after Obergefell, the case in which the Supreme Court imposed same-sex marriage on all 50 states, without restriction. At the time, we were told gays wanted nothing more than to be able to marry each other, just like their straight friends and neighbors. And yet, the needle on gay marriage has hardly moved.
According to a new Gallup poll, only 10.2 percent of gays are in same-sex marriages — a tiny bump up from the 7.9 percent who were in gay marriages before Obergefell, despite the addition of 14 new states where they became legal.
The raw numbers tell the tale. Prior to the Obergefell decision two years ago, the 7.9 percent of gays who were married would have amounted to 154,000 married gay couples. Two years later, this had grown to 10.2 percent or 198,000 married couples. Hardly the land rush we were told to expect.
Consider this startling fact. There are more gays married to women than to other gays. Thirteen percent of gays are married to someone of the opposite sex. Granted, this is down from 14.2 percent before Obergefell. Still, it is telling that gays are more willing to marry someone who is not gay. Even more telling is the fact that the "single-never-married" percentage of gays has grown substantially, from 47.4 percent to 55.7 percent.
To put an even finer point on it, 90 percent of gays remain unmarried. Where did all those white picket fences go?
Were gay Americans really ever interested in being married? Was that the true aim of the homosexual activists who fought the marriage wars in the years leading up to the Obergefell decision? No, they weren't. As their choices in the past two years amply demonstrate, it was a ruse. Gay marriage was about imposing an ideology on the rest of the country. It was about changing the institution of marriage for everyone else. And it was also about getting even with a larger society gays felt had treated them badly.
Now, we see the results. Gays aren't taking advantage of the right to marry. Instead, gay activists are using that right to stigmatize traditional beliefs about marriage and those who hold them. Christian bakers and photographers have been persecuted and prosecuted — though we can hope and pray that the Supreme Court may give them some relief in the October session.
Another example of the profound change that Obergefell has wrought is the most recent Supreme Court decision on birth certificates in Arkansas. The issue at hand was putting the names of two same-sex individuals on a birth certificate. It is biologically impossible for two women or two men to be a child's birth parents, but acceptance of a biological impossibility is now legally required.
Much of the debate in America on gay marriage has been built on fake science. There is still no scientific basis, for example, for the claim that same-sex attraction is inborn or that there is a gay gene, which was often cited in claiming that the traditional definition of marriage was per se discriminatory.
Moreover, the new Gallup numbers suggest that the political motivation for gay marriage was not a great demand among gays for the white-picket fence in suburbia, as originally represented. We are living in an experiment right now set in motion by the Supreme Court in 2015, and we can make this observation two years in: Same-sex marriage is legal everywhere, and gays are still more likely to be married to someone of the opposite sex.
Austin Ruse is the author of Fake Science: Exposing the Left's Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data (Regnery, 2017).
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