This past Tuesday, at a ceremony hosted at the White House, President Biden signed into law the so-called Respect for Marriage Act. The president used a lengthy speech delivered beforehand to soundly denounce any challenge to any aspect of LGBTQ ideology and activism. Specifically, in a striking display of anti-reason, President Biden condemned opposition to sterilizing, castrating, or permanently wounding children with gender dysphoria, as akin to racism and antisemitism.
Lest anyone should miss the aim of this new law, as more than a few voices from mainstream evangelicalism clearly did, the administration invited a “non-binary drag artist,” who often dances seductively in front of children, to the celebration. For anyone still in the dark, the White House was lit up in the liturgical rainbow of colors representing the new sacralized sexuality. The Christians and conservatives who dismissed concerns over what this bill means and who claimed it represented nothing new and contained all the conscience protections people of faith could hope for should take a hard look at what the new law’s strongest advocates think it means.
This law does not protect a pluralist society, and it is more than a symbolic victory for the new sexual orthodoxy. It enshrines in law an ideology of human nature that would’ve been unthinkable just a few years ago, even among the far left. It further establishes a category of recently invented rights that will make it only harder to protect children in the days ahead. It also means social exile and legal limbo for anyone who dissents. As the president foreshadowed, anyone who claims that human nature is real and that marriage is between a man and woman will be classed along with the racists and bigots of history.