A news story in the October 8 New York Times appears to be simple and straightforward. But a closer look shows The Times again pushing gay marriage, one of its all-time favorite causes.
Ostensibly, the story (“Gay Couples Rush to the Altar in California Ahead of November Vote”) is about one effect of a pending marriage-protection amendment-the number of homosexuals marrying in California. In reality, it’s subtle pleading for gay marriage.
At the outset, The Times gets it wrong. It notes that 11,440 same-sex couples have married “since the state Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in May.”
The California Supreme Court can’t “legalize” such unions. Only the state legislature can. What the Court did (in a 5-4 decision) was to force gay marriage on the state-over the will of California voters, who approved a 2000 referendum for a statute defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, by a vote of 61.4% to 38%. The Times forgot to mention that.
After the Court’s illegal action, Californians collected nearly 1.2 million signatures to put a marriage-protection amendment to the state constitution on the November ballot. The latest opinion survey shows the measure passing by 47% to 42%-another detail The Times overlooked.
Instead, the story focuses exclusively on the number of gay couples who’ve married since the Court’s edict became final in mid-June.
Kate Kendell of the National Center for Lesbian Rights is quoted explaining that homosexuals fear the passage of Proposition 8 will close the door to gay marriage-thus the rush to have their relationships “legally recognized.” The Times wouldn’t dream of quoting someone on the other side-say a Proposition 8 proponent or a national pro-family leader.
That more than 11,000 couples have had “same-sex ceremonies” performed in California since June is news only in the eyes of The New York Times.
The article is an effort to bolster the case for gay marriage, by showing how many homosexuals want it. That, of course, is irrelevant. The referendum should be decided on the basis of what’s best for children, families and society.