Marriage, in my dictionary, is defined as a “legal union between a man and a woman to form a family, often to have children.” (or words to that effect).
In our society, we have this “thing” called “marriage”. It wasn’t invented by homophobic Christian radicals in the 1930s. It developed in every single nation on earth as the building block of our various societies. There are some societies in which the model is polygamous, but in every case the relations are heterosexual because it is the only model in which our society propagates itself. As an institution, it predates Christianity by hundreds or thousands of years.
Now, in our society, there is a statistically insignificant number of people who are homosexual. (2-3% or so). These people want to marry, and that’s fine, because there isn’t and neverhas been a law stating that one must be heterosexual to marry. Our society has four components to marriage:
All of these components are necessary, not so much to protect the participants, but rather to ensure the ideal situation for the offspring.
Age: Persons entering marriage are making a contract. To do so, they must be of an age that will make their contract legal. It is of their own volition, and they cannot be forced into it.
Number: Although in some societies there are plural marriages with many partners, our society has deemed that the ideal model for the children is to have one father and one mother. Psychologists have long determined this to be the ideal for children for very many reasons.
Gender: Twenty years ago, this would be a no-brainer; however, our messed up, socially regressive society no longer sees the importance of having two genders. Without two genders, it is physically impossible to have offspring. As well, the ideal situation for a child to be raised in is to be raised by his or her biological mother and biological father. Yes, some children are raised in orphanages, but the guardians are not parents. And let us not forget that the role of the father differs from the role of the mother. Significantly.
Blood: Blood relatives cannot marry because if they do, they will have defective children. There is not much else to say about this.
So, given all of the above, how can one argue for homosexual couplings to be put on the same level as marriage? Maybe they want recognition. That’s fine. But they cannot have children, which is a necessary component of marriage. If it weren’t then why the four components above? I mean, they may think that it’s against their rights, and hey, it won’t affect you and me right? Right? WRONG! It reduces the roles and rights of fathers and mothers to that of “generic parent.” I’ve personally seen this when I recently applied for my daughter’s long-form birth certificate from the Canadian province of Ontario. There was a spot to check off your relationship to the person in the certificate. The choices? “Mother” and “Other Parent”. I sent off a long-winded email to complain, but in their oh-so-politically correct atmosphere in Ontario, they were more afraid to offend some homosexual “parent” than the millions of fathers in that province…
So, this leads me to my final point: why does the state (eg: the government) offer various tax-incentives to people that get married? Put simply: to encourage it because it is good for the state. In short, it makes new people and sustains the state. Homosexual couplings have NO benefit to society, and in fact, I would argue that it reinforces unhealthy behaviour and ignores their psychological or physiological defect that causes them to shun natural behaviour for dangerous and unhealthy behaviour. In fact, it’s gotten so bad, that if you support marriage in its natural form, you are somehow a bigot. (That I cannot fathom). Hell, I’m all for equal rights for blind people, folks, but I don’t want then driving cars! And that’s my point: you can restrict or discriminate based on disability when it makes sense. And for marriage, why we would alter the definition of “family” to include a model that gives no benefit?
So, that’s why we must fight against altering the definition of marriage.