Rosie's Scenario--An Ambush
for Gay Marriage
by Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.
February 27, 2004
Americans may know Rosie O'Donnell as a comedienne, but there's
nothing remotely funny about her tirade against President Bush and
her crusade for gay marriage. Just two days after the President
called for a constitutional amendment to defend marriage as a union
of a man and a woman, O'Donnell and her lesbian partner were "married"
in San Francisco.
The day started with O'Donnell's appearance on ABC's
Good Morning America. Launching into a verbal assault, she said
that the President's speech Tuesday represented "the most vile
and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president." Furthermore,
O'Donnell said she "would like to tell Laura Bush and her husband
I find the proposed amendment very, very, very, very shocking and
"I'm stunned and I'm horrified," said
O'Donnell, who then announced that she and her partner planned to
fly to San Francisco, where Mayor Gavin Newsom has been acting in
defiance of the law to grant same-sex marriage licenses since February
12. Over 3,300 homosexual couples have been "married"
in San Francisco in the last two weeks, even as the courts have
refused to intervene.
According to Fox News, O'Donnell and her partner,
Kelli Carpenter, were married immediately after the couple flew
from New York to San Francisco. The two were ushered into a private
entrance at San Francisco's City Hall, granted their illegal license,
and then were "married" in a private civil ceremony. City
treasurer Susan Leal, described by Fox News as "one of the
city's most prominent elected lesbians," conducted the ceremony.
As the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus sang "We
Shall Overcome" and "Going to the Chapel," the couple
emerged from the palatial City Hall. "We really did. We got
married," O'Donnell said. According to the Toronto Star, the
building was filled with those wanting "to catch a glimpse
of the most famous couple to be married there thus far."
The Los Angeles Times treated the story from a celebrity
angle, noting that O'Donnell was wearing "a power blue coat
over black pants" while Carpenter wore gray pants and a matching
jacket. Treasurer Leal, the lesbian city official who conducted
the ceremony reported that the ceremony was "very moving,"
and that at the mid-point of the ceremony, "we all had tears
in our eyes."
Rosie O'Donnell announced her homosexuality in 2002,
and quickly emerged as an advocate for gay adoptions. With her partner,
she is raising four adopted children, all under the age of eight.
Kelli Carpenter, O'Donnell's partner, is a former
marketing director for Nickelodeon. They have lived together for
The celebrated "wedding" of O'Donnell
and Carpenter--now the nation's most famous lesbian couple, was
a calculated act of civil disobedience. Defying the law, O'Donnell
argued, was the moral response to the President's call for a constitutional
amendment. She called for more homosexual couples to go to San Francisco
in order to get married. "If civil disobedience is the way
to go about a change," she argued, "then I think a lot
of people will be going to San Francisco."
The event was carefully staged in order to create
sympathy for homosexual marriage and to embarrass President Bush.
The real embarrassment should fall on ABC News and Good Morning
America. Where was the journalism? Do the network's executives feel
even slightly guilty of complicity in this artificial event and
dishonest attack? Probably not. The cultural elite has decided that
all right-minded persons must support homosexual marriage, and see
all resistance as rooted in inexcusable bigotry and intolerance.
When O'Donnell launched her verbal barrage at the
President, she revealed her own dishonesty. Calling the President's
proposal for a constitutional amendment "the most vile and
hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president" was theater,
not a serious argument. President Bush said nothing mean-spirited
about homosexuals--he merely defended marriage as an inherently
heterosexual institution--the most fundamental institution of human
The dishonesty of O'Donnell's attack is immediately
evident when President Bush's words are compared to President Bill
Clinton's statements as he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into
law in 1996. "I have long opposed governmental recognition
of same-gender marriages," Clinton said. But Clinton, who supported
the homosexual rights movement in other respects, was spared O'Donnell's
Perhaps the most significant aspect of O'Donnell's
attack on President Bush was her statement that his call for a constitutional
amendment in defense of marriage was "immoral." Her use
of that word is most interesting and worthy of attention, for it
reveals the rhetorical strategy of the homosexual activists and
the inverted morality that now shapes their worldview.
Throughout human history, across generations and
across cultures, homosexuality has been considered a perversion
of sexuality and immoral. Societies that had sanctioned some form
of homosexuality--like the pederasty practiced by the ancient Greek
elites--were understood to be morally corrupt and compromised. But
now, Rosie and company intend to put morality on its head. Now,
homosexual behaviors are not to be considered immoral. Instead,
any opposition to the normalization and celebration of homosexuality
is "immoral." Left has become right, and right has become
left, you see.
Rhetoric is a weapon of political warfare, as well
as a means of communication. Rosie knew exactly what she was doing,
and she performed well--aided by the accommodating folks at ABC
News. She posed as the new Mother Superior of postmodern morality,
standing the Judeo-Christian tradition on its head and describing
the moral convictions held by the vast majority of human beings
as "vile and hateful."
Rosie O'Donnell claims to have been "very,
very, very, very shocked" by the President's proposal. She's
really counting on Americans to get over the shock of homosexual
marriage. Where's the outrage?