LaSalle, I already posten this in another thread but for the sake of brevity and ebcause it's late at night I'll post it here again:
First of all, and this will sound strange but get all the 'statistics' which say that children raised in homosexual relationships are not more likely to explore homosexuality and have bad morals. Got them? Good. Throw them in the fire because they are all lies. I'm not one who uses statistics even if they further my cause but when I use them, I only use ones which took a very long time, are serious, impartial and not made up by pro-something organizations.
That is why I refer you to this study: narth.com/docs/does.html which actually did its homework, studied 20 years of homosexual studies and concluded what it says. It says that though children are not more likely to be abused in homosexual 'marriages', girls turn out to be less chaste, boys raised by lesbians become more 'gentle' or effeminate, as if sons of heterosexual parents can't be brought up to be affectionate towards their friends and as if heterosexual boys are all rough jocks who can't take a joke. It says: In terms of aggression and play, sons of lesbians behave in less traditionally masculine ways. They are likely to be more nurturing and affectionate than their counterparts in heterosexual families.
Seeing this evidence (and common sense), we will tell you why exactly we oppose homosexual marriage:
1. The children. Its not that they are more likely to be sexually abused but not only will these children be brought up to look at homosexuality as good, they will be brought up to appreciate free sex as good, will disregard traditional marriage as inferior or at most look at it with contempt, etc... not meaning to offend people who are gay but chaste but most of these 'couples' aren't exactly devout people or religious and they don't exactly hold traditional family values as they are children of the sexual revolution of the '60's, which leads to the next reason...
2. Society. When gay marriage is allowed, society falls. Setting aside the entirely pointless argument that free sex ruins the economy and setting aside contraception, the free expression of sex isn't looked upon with contempt in todays world and as such, teen pregnancies are common, sexual promiscuity is common, divorce is common and sadly, love is not common. Instead of marriage being seen as the sacred union between husband and wife, it has been demoted to a contract which one can cancel whenever he feels like it; babies aren't seen as babies anymore, just an inconvenient bastard who is a stumbling block for the woman; instead of the raising of children being looked upon as the means to the future, they are regarded as a tool, a decoration for homosexuals to raise just so they would not be discriminated against; and instead of the most intense and special love being dedicated towards husband and wife between each other in marriage, it is falsely attributed to being present in all forms of marriage.
The Church holds that you can love with the deepest love a friend even if he is of the same sex. There are males who have female friends and love them with such love that they try everything to make them happy and yet, they don't want to marry them or have sex with them or be in a girlfriend/boyfriend relationship. Are they expected to be married? If this was the case in all loving relationships, we'd be able to marry our parents and cousins and sisters, which leads me to the next reason we oppose homosexual marriage:
3. Homosexuality (and sexual perversion of all types) opens the gate for more vice to enter. Everyone heard of the story of the pregnant man, Thomas Beatie. If you haven't google it. Yet Thomas is not a man: he is a woman who simply removed her breasts, took hormones to grow a beard and didn't even have surgery to turn her genitals into male ones. Not to sound crude at all but well, you get the idea. Do you know how homosexuals reacted? Positively. I only heard one gay person say that he is disgusted at such an occurrence. When will we hear a protest of natters calling for the legalization of male pregnancy? Specifically, when will bisexuals come out and say they are discriminated against and call for the acceptance of polyamory or polygamy?
And nobody can deny that the sexual revolution of the '60's opened the door to a lot of vice: not only did sexual promiscuity become more common, but abortion was legalized, the family wasn't deemed as sacred anymore, then came along test tube babies, etc... these are all points I touched upon so I won't continue upon them. But when marriage between man and woman is deemed sacred, the family prospers and so do good values. These values don't just consist of condemning homosexuality and abortion, they also consist of love being held as sacred and good. And this leads me to my next problem with homosexual marriage:
4. Most homosexuals don't marry. This sounds very offensive I know but few of them actually do. Reports vary from 1% to 5% and at most, to 16% as this report shows: marriagedebate.com/pdf/imapp.demandforssm.pdf See here also although to be fair, this study only interviewed some 7,000 gay individuals: patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2011/12/two-lesbians-raised-a-baby-and-this-is-what-they-got.html If gay people, the ones who are go in all these idiotic parades and what not are so committed to marriage, why do they do all the things they do? Why be promiscuous? Why dress in effeminate clothes and paint your face?
And these are the reasons we oppose gay marriage. Not because of sexual abuse, not because of intimate partner violence, but to keep the sacredness of marriage and for the children.