Our attorney general, Mark Herring of Virginia, knows history.
He knows that the 1967 Loving vs. Virginia case pitted our state against the U.S. Supreme Court. We were ruled to be wrong in our miscegenation laws which forbade “interracial marriage” (in quotes because the concept of races is, itself, a modern concept traceable to Darwin).
Virginia was wrong in that case. Virginia came down on the wrong side of history.
Mark Herring is determined that that won’t happen again. After being elected to uphold the laws of Virginia as attorney general, he has decided, within his first month of office, that the Virginia state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, established by popular vote in 2006, must be set aside.
Mark Herring has joined forces with two men in Norfolk who have filed suit to gain the right to marry in Virginia.
Mark Herring believes that this time Virginia will be on the right side of history. He believes that the U.S. Supreme Court may use the Virginia case, which might be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, to pave the way for gay marriage in all 50 states.
Mark Herring is seeing his legacy in the history books here. The man who bucked a constitutional amendment in his own state to open the way for the South to recognize gay marriage, then for the rest of the country to have it be established by law.
That will probably be how it plays out. Really!
There is no shame in recognizing what the playbook looks like.
God told us to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. We have to realize that the pull of popular opinion leads many to try to cement their “legacy” rather than to look to God’s Word to see what is right. After all, we teach that all that stuff can be repented on one’s deathbed, right? So someone can both gain a legacy by opposing God’s ways, then renounce it during his last moments on earth and . . . be in a win-win situation. Or so it seems to man . . .
It is possible to realize that, while God’s view of homosexuality has not changed (because He loves homosexuals and has something better for them than giving in to urges that will only harm them in the end), humans will regard Mark Herring as being on the right side of history.
He will do what, to humans, will seem to be the heroic, loving thing to do.
Even now, eight years after Virginia’s constitutional amendment, at least one poll shows that a majority would vote to allow gay marriage in 2014.
Being on the right side of history in a republic has a lot to do with going with popular desire.
But being on the right side of history as God views it is a totally different thing.
We will not be on the side of righteousness when we legalize gay marriage.
I believe we will legalize it, but God’s Word and God’s standards will not change.