The rallying cry of Conservatism whether it be in turn of the century Vienna or America 2013, is the pernicious threat of Decadence. And Moral Decline is it’s most pernicious expression: the decline of ‘hetero marriage’ and the advent of ‘gay marriage’ is the point of no return, in Mr. Douthat’s world.
In a time when many eyes are on the arguments before The Supreme Court, Mr. Douthat is stoking the fires of Hetro paranoia, with his observations on the sorry state of marriage, now mind you, we’re speaking of that old standby Man, woman, child. Human institutions are eternal and unchanging,(like the Church?) at least in the world view of Conservatives like Mr. Douthat, but the rest of the country and world are redefining themselves and their principals. While raising children without the putative stability of marriage. Whether the results be good, bad or indifferent. Not to mention that Conservatives are the staunch defenders of prenatal life and the primary impediment to enlightened social policy, that could enrich and encourage that life after birth.
Mr. Douthat is an experienced , indeed, perennial propagandist but like King John who bid the tides to stop, his propaganda is for naught. Except as a fascinating ethical/political relic.