Dan Kelly’s fantastic post raises an important issue about the role of government in legislating morality. There is a marked difference between government passing moral laws and government passing laws to create a moral swing in a particular direction. It is ironic that conservatives decry ‘activist’ judges when they are liberal, but then expect judges to legislate morality even when it goes against public opinion. While in some cases this can be applauded, such as prohibiting murder even if public opinion is in favor of it, conservatives often place too much faith in their government to enforce certain morals. Dan’s post on gay marriage is an excellent example. The issue is not government’s decision about gay marriage but the moral climate of this country that has neglected the institution of marriage. A government prohibition of gay marriage is not going to suddenly cause people to respect marriage. However, a culture that does respect marriage would be expected to prohibit gay marriage. Christians and conservatives (not necessarily the same thing) should realize that political activism is insufficient to bring about cultural change. In most cases, cultural change leads to political change, not vice versa. The work of upholding marriage takes place over the backyard fence, not Washington. Greg, I think someone should write a book on how we really change culture.