Redefining marriage has had and will have negative consequences on society. Redefining marriage by any means- making it nonexclusive, making it non-permanent, making it gender irrelevant- has and will change the fundamental principle of marriage so that it is no longer marriage. The family unit is designed to provide the best possible environment for the upbringing of children (the future of society). That is not the only designation, but overall is the most vital. Statistics, any way you look at them, describe a committed, exclusive relationship in which children have a mother and father present in the home to fit the standard of such a relationship. Is permitting gay marriage the worst thing that could happen to the family unit? No. Divorce, in fact, is the most far-reaching familial/marriage deflection in our society today. We have taken marriage and changed it from a basis of family, commitment, and sacrifice for the betterment of society as a whole to a basis of emotional attachment and, dare I say, selfish fulfillment. And that goes so so SO much deeper than just gay marriage. I stand firm in the truth that Natural Marriage should be the only kind promoted by our government. My stance does not come from a blind religious faith or a bigoted, ‘old-fashioned’ mindset. My stance comes from a scientific case for Natural Marriage. For example:
-In states and countries in which marriage has already been redefined, the number of marriages whatsoever drop by tens of thousands at an increasing rate. By weakening what marriage actually is- by changing the meaning of a marriage relationship- we basically have desecrated marriage altogether.
-Males who practice homosexual activity have the highest rate of HIV- 72% of all new cases are from male homosexual activity. Only 4% of the American male population identifies themselves as having homosexual activity, yet make up 61% of all HIV cases, making them 150 times more likely to get HIV than the heterosexual male population. (Center for Disease Control)
-Children are denied a right to a loving parent of both genders, which has large psychological effects from an early age. Parental figures are the basis by which children form their views on roles, actions, morals, and gender identity. From an early age, they learn how to interact to others from their parents. The denial of a parent of one gender can skew the way they view and interact with others. Despite what our culture at large may think, men and women are not designed the same way. Men and women have different appropriate and natural reactions and tendencies that a child would not grasp without a parent of both sexes. (No. I’m not a sexist. It’s true.)
I LOVE my homosexual friends. Truly, I do. Anyone who knows me can attest to that. I abhor bullying. I do not aim to keep others from living life to the fullest. I do not aim to put down those who have homosexual desires, or to demean them, or any of that. I am in no way saying someone would make a bad parent or that they don’t deserve love. Rather, I stand for Natural Marriage as a very specific relationship that means so much more than an emotional bond.
Myself and many others who support Natural Marriage have been the victims of intense bullying and intolerance ourselves. Supporters of Natural Marriage have been unfairly fired, shunned, legally oppressed, and had our freedom of speech restricted. We have been called names. We have NOT been ‘tolerated’, though the definition of that word has been terribly warped in this culture. I ask that you respect and attempt to understand my stance, and I shall do the same to yours.