I expected the ruling from the Supreme Court that we received. This ruling isn’t the decision that has now started an avalanche. The avalanche started a long time ago, this is just on the same slope.
Here is what I mean. Culturally and within our churches we’ve allowed heterosexual marriages to exist singularly for the mutual satisfaction of the partners, aka we’ve accepted a relational view of marriage. That might not be how marriage was defined in documents, but that is how we’ve been living and talking; marrying and divorcing; educating and forming. In allowing this de facto switch to view heterosexual marriages relationally we could not coherently evaluate homosexual marriages by a conjugal standard. To put it bluntly – I can’t say I’m opposed to homosexual marriage because the parts don’t fit if I approve of people disabling the parts in the first place.
The reality is, that many of us who see this ruling as a redefining of marriage need to admit that marriage was redefined a while ago. We’ve tried to coexist with a double standard for too long and one side of that standard eventually had to give. Instead of submitting heterosexual marriages to a conjugal view of marriage again, we’ve gone the other way. The country has solidified its support of a relational view of marriage.