Here's the thing about homosexual marriage in the United States: It is going to be legal in about half the states. There is no stopping the gay nuptials now, even though most Americans say they are opposed to extending marital law to same-sex couples.
Right now, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa and Maine allow gays to marry. New Hampshire will soon do so. Once the legislatures of New York and New Jersey get finished taxing the life out of their citizens, they, too, will most likely pass gay marriage. And even though the folks in California voted down gay nuptials, the Supreme Court there is desperately trying to find a way to nullify the vote.
A new CNN/Opinion Research poll says 54 percent of Americans oppose gay marriage, while 45 percent support it. But if you oppose gay marriage, your opinion makes you a bigot. Did you know that? That's what the Miss California controversy was all about.
Your humble correspondent doesn't really care much about gay marriage because I believe it is no danger to the Republic and the deity can sort all this stuff out after we're dead. I take a libertarian position on issues like gay marriage because I want all Americans to be able to pursue happiness equally.
However, I understand that most Americans believe heterosexual marriage deserves a special place in our society. Our Judeo-Christian traditions, which have made the United States the most prosperous and just society the world has ever known, speak to a family built around a responsible mother and father; certainly the optimum when it comes to raising children.
I also understand that once America changes marital law for one group - homosexuals - it will have to allow plural marriages and other types of situations under 'equal justice for all.' And there is no question the Scandinavian marriage model of anything goes has led to a drastic decline in traditional marriage.
But you rarely hear those arguments articulated in the media, which are largely sympathetic to gay marriage. Not only that, but people who feel strongly about maintaining a special status for traditional marriage have allowed themselves to be intimidated. When was the last time you saw a Catholic cardinal or archbishop speak against gay marriage on television? I know, I've invited some of them. They all turned me down.
The truth is that pro-gay marriage forces have succeeded in their bigot-branding campaign and will not stop with marriage. Because they won this public relations war, you can expect to see the racist-bigot label marketed in other controversial situations. Already, abortion zealots are branding pro-life people 'anti-woman' and 'anti-privacy.' The left knows it has a powerful cannon with this bigot stuff.
So the gay marriage debate is just about over. Conservative states won't pass it, but liberal states will. There was a time when we truly were the united states. No longer.
Veteran TV news anchor and author Bill O'Reilly is a host on Fox News.