Here’s a little poem I wrote as a hypothetical future elegy for Marriage. It’s partially modeled after Niemöller’s famous “First they came…” statement. And it’s to point out that our culture has already been “redefining” marriage in numerous ways for a long time now.
First, they said it was no longer ’til death,
and I didn’t speak out because I felt exempted.
Then they sterilized it,
and I didn’t speak out because I was tempted.
Then they promoted sex without it,
and I didn’t speak out because it’s what people do now.
Then they manufactured life outside it,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t sure how.
Then they removed its gender roles,
and I didn’t speak out for fear of being sexist.
Then they redefined it,
and I didn’t speak out, why care if it’s X-Y or two X’s?
Then they stopped doing it all together,
because for so many it was fake.
And by the time we woke to defend it,
we found ourselves too late.