UK free-speech libertarian and editor of Spiked, Brendan O’Neill, clearly argued on the ABC’s Q&A that coercion is built into the global push for same-sex marriage.
He says that redefining marriage is the main mechanism through which the elites in modern society challenge traditional cultural norms. This is how they express their dislocation from, and growing disdain for, the old-world values of family life, family sovereignty, long-term commitment and loyalty.
Writing in Spiked (April 30, 2014) , O’Neill said: “Gay marriage has emerged as the perfect means through which our post-traditional, relativistic elites can both subtly denigrate older values and also impose a set of whole new values, related to viewing traditional married life and family integrity as problematic, and therefore more individuated, changeable forms of human relationships as good.
“And because this is fundamentally about eradicating old moral values and enforcing new ones, it constantly verges on being coercive, expressing a hostility towards its opponents that tends to treat them, not simply as wrong or pesky, but as actual blocks, as ‘ideological enemies’, to the elite’s attempted enforcement of a new moral outlook.”
O’Neill says that this has happened in two phases. First was “the sacralisation of homosexuality, the transformation of sexuality from a simple matter of who you have sex with into a set of values and behaviours …
“Such has been the sacralisation of homosexuality, everywhere from popular culture to the political sphere, that the criminals are now those who criticise gay sex.”
Second, “We have seen the weaponisation of homosexuality, the transformation of it by sections of the political and media classes into the focal point for the expression of hostility to the straight world – which means not just people who are sexually straight, but also so-called straight culture and straight values, straightlacedness itself, ways of life that are based on commitment, privacy, familial sovereignty, things that tend to be viewed by the modern cultural clerisy as outdated or, worse, dangerous and destructive.”
O’Neill says that the speedy and strikingly authoritarian way in which gay marriage has been adopted by governments is “because officials recognise in it the opportunity to push further their instinctive hostility towards traditional communal and familial ideals that to a large extent exist outside of the purview of the state”.
“Understanding the impulse behind Western officialdom’s feverish adoption of gay marriage is key to understanding what makes this new institution so illiberal and intolerant.”
In accordance with s 6(5) of the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017, this communication was authorised by Craig Manners of Ngumbe, Malawi.
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