German Parliament in favour of sodo-“marriage”. Austrian Parliament against.

077017-000-a_2120958.jpgTwo parliamentary votes on same-sex “marriage” have taken place this week in Germany and Austria. In Germany, the cause of sodomy has triumphed, while in Austria it was once more defeated.

Following Chancellor Angela Merkel’s surprising statement in a TV talk show that she would allow a free vote on the legalization of sodo-“marriage” in the German Bundestag, the Socialists have hesitated not a moment and tabled a motion on the basis of a bill that they had kept ready in a drawer: all of a sudden in Germany there is a law that re-defines marriage. A week ago nobody would have expected this. It has taken just a few minutes, and no serious debate, to throw marriage and the family into the dustbin.

Some commentators praise Angela Merkel’s “tactical cleverness” in getting rid of an issue with which the political left might have mobilized voter support in the upcoming elections. But in reality this appears to have been an accident rather than a strategic choice – and if tis was part of a strategy, it was an incredibly bad one. Firstly because, even if many Germans are lamentably indifferent with regard to the defacement and destruction of an institution that is at the very basis of a functioning society, it still is not the case that there were a large pressure among the electorate in favour of getting sodo-“marriage” legalized. This is and remains a matter for a very small (albeit noisy) minority, and that minority is overwhelmingly engaged in the leftist camp. Not listening to that minority would not have cost the Christian Democrats a lot of support, and giving in to its pressure will not win it many new votes.

With her about-face, Merkel has needlessly served a big victory to everyone except her own Party, and she has estranged a quite considerable part of her own electorate who still find marriage and family important, and who increasingly wonder why they should continue voting for the Christian Democrat Union (CDU) if it fails so egregiously to stand up even for this very basic value. What does “Christian Democrat” still mean, if it does not include the defence of the natural family? And of course, standing up for the family would have meant to use one’s power to prevent sodo-“marriage” to be voted into law: the CDU was able to do that, given that it was in a coalition with the Social Democrats, who were thus contractually bound not to out-vote the CDU. Merkel’s surprising interview was an invitation to out-vote the CDU nevertheless. This has considerably undermined the trust in her abilities as a strategist and leader.

Why on Earth did she do that? Even if, cynically enough, Merkel was ready to use her potential assent to sodo-“marriage” as a negotiating chip for the time when, following the upcoming elections, she was going to need a new coalition partner, one fails to understand why she has thrown this chip away prematurely needlessly, without in exchange having obtained any concession from anyone. There is no other explanation than this: Merkel not only has no sound moral principles – but she is, in addition, also very stupid. Extremely stupid. And that is what, after twelve years of her chancellorship, is becoming increasingly clear: this woman is a loose cannon, who fails to understand the implications and consequences of her actions. Her lamentable non-management of the Euro crisis, her failure in preventing the UK from leaving the EU, and her failure to protect Europe against uncontrolled mass-immigration, all point in this direction: she doesn’t care where here policy is leading to, as long as she is the leader.

The fact that Merkel herself ultimately decided to cast her own vote against sodo-“marriage”, saying that “for me marriage is a union between a man and a woman”, does not change much. At best, this is a belated attempt to reconcile with the majority of her party’s members and voters, who are astounded at her failure in preventing this vote from happening.

The only silver lining, albeit a weak one, is that the law through which sodo-“marriage has so rashly been enacted is apparently incompatible with the German Basic Law. If the Bundesverfassungsgericht takes itself (and its own case law) seriously, it will have to annul the new law. And if they do so, the constitutional protections for marriage would be (quite paradoxically) reinforced: it would become clear that the Basic Law would require a super-majority of two thirds in order for marriage to be re-defined. But who can be sure that the constitutional judges have the guts and the courage that this would take?

At the same time, a similar attempt by Social Democrats in Austria to force a vote on sodo-“marriage” has failed. In Vienna there still is a parliamentary majority against the debasement of marriage, it seems. The three parties who have voted in favour of sodo-“marriage” are also expected to suffer heavy losses in the up-coming elections in October, so it will be clear that sodo-“marriage” is not something that wins elections.