The issue of gay marriage is an emotionally charged issue (and rightly so) for many people who either support it or do not support it.
The family is God's first institution on this earth. God created marriage. Marriage is God's domain and He alone possesses the sovereign authority to define what is and is not marriage.
The fever pitch of emotion that comes into play when this issue comes to the fore appears to be for two primary reasons. Those who support traditional marriage understand that the biblical family unit is the bedrock of a healthy nation. Strong families with two parents, one male and one female committed to one another and to each committed to the Lord is the best hope for America's survival. So traditional marriage proponents see this as something worth defending and fighting for. They are fighting for the preservation of the very heart of what makes America the greatest nation on earth.
Traditional marriage proponents understand the need to take Deuteronomy 6:6-12 seriously as it is the commandment to parents to erect living memorials to the Word of God in their lives, in their children's lives, to ensure that the Word of God governs their homes. The result of a nation of Godly families is a godly nation. The problem is that our nation has all but completely abandoned the Word of God. We are not a Scripture driven nation as we should be. That leads us to the second reason this is such an emotionally charged issue.
Satan is all about counterfeiting. Counterfeiters only counterfeit things that are valuable. What's the point of counterfeiting a one dollar bill? When I go to the store and hand the cashier a large denomination of money like a $50 bill, she runs a magic marker across it to verify it is genuine. If I hand her a $5 and two $1 bills she doesn't check to verify those. There is no major concern that anyone counterfeiting those bills.
Gay marriage is Satan's counterfeit to God's original institution. Many of the more militant supporters of gay marriage understand also how valuable marriage is in terms of how it affects the country. The goal is to fundamentally remake America and there is nothing more fundamental to our nation than marriage. Marriage is so important that Satan needs to create a counterfeit version of it.
Those who fight to preserve biblical marriage and those who fight to redefine marriage are fighting to either preserve our country as a bastion of God's Word, or to fundamentally transform our country into a humanistic, anti-God society.
The promotion of gay marriage requires a rejection of the authority of Scripture to define marriage and human sexuality. The Bible addresses both, but the gay marriage proponents have responded with the question so characteristic of Satan in the Garden: "Hath God said...?"
The fight to remove prayer in school was never really about the Constitution or the First Amendment, nor was it ever really about some fear of offending a Muslim or an Atheist. Those were just pretexts. Prayer, the Ten Commandments, anything that looked even remotely Christian had to be removed in order that other humanistic philosophies and moral teachings could be introduced without any competing influences. Without a Christian influence in our schools, Evolution, socialism, gay marriage, and history revisionism about the Christian founding of our nation could flourish without opposition.
The result is that 75% of churched youth abandon their faith within two years of graduation from high school. According to a Barna poll, these youth leave the church for the stated reason: "I no longer believe the Bible is true, and the church as not answered my doubts." The same poll indicates that the fastest growing "religious group" among young people 18-29 is the category of "no religion."
Just about anyone 30 years old and younger by a very wide margin support gay marriage and that is across the board. It makes no difference if one claims to be a Christian. 90% of young people these days have become sexually active outside of marriage before their 18th birthday. Most Christian youth cannot honestly claim that sex before marriage is a sin. Many of these same kids do not believe that the Bible is the inspired and fully inerrant Word of God.
In 20 years these liberalized youth will be pastors and leaders in both our churches and our government. It is sad to say that in 20 years the Church in America will be apostate.
I write this as a plea for us to return to be a Scripture driven Church and a Scripture driven nation.