Mitt Romney responded to the president's announcement today by stating:
States are able to make decisions with regard to domestic partnership benefits such as hospital visitation rights, benefits and so forth of various kinds can be determined state by state, but my view is that marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman and that's my own preference. I know other people have differing views. This is a very tender and sensitive topic as are many social issues, but I have the same view that I've had since running for office.
"My view"? "My own preference"? "A very tender and sensitive topic"?
The president's view is that justice requires same-sex marriage, but Mr. Romney couches his response in terms of personal subjectivism. Which claim will be more persuasive to citizens who have not made up their minds on this question?
Furthermore, Mr. Romney does a great injustice to marriage and to conservatism by suggesting that nothing more than taste stands in the way of granting same-sex couples "full civil rights," as the Left would put it. There are reasons - numerous, strong reasons - why marriage must remain between a man and a woman. Does he know any of these reasons? Will he be able to learn them, enunciate them, defend them? (He might educate himself by reading the many articles by Professor Lynn Wardle, a fine scholar and fellow Mormon.)
Marriage will continue to lose ground if the GOP cannot provide a cogent and confident case for its survival.
We have arrived at this desperate point today, in which same-sex marriage is favored by most of one party and by a portion of the other party as well, largely because the GOP has refrained from opposing the Left's zealous indignation. In the absence of serious opposition, the Left has advanced by default. And now a majority of Americans may not even be able to explain the purpose of marriage.
We are losing because we have not fought enough - not intelligently enough, bravely enough, doggedly enough. Mr. Romney's sensitive relativism will not reverse the tide of battle.