Breaking Down the Issue of Gay Marriage
By Joe Palmer
Gay Marriage is a complex issue in regards to why one would or would not support it. If we take the issue outside of morality you still have legal and financial implications to deal with. However, if that was the only barrier, then I would be for Gay marriage. I don’t see any reason why we would let something like social security benefits, or insurance stand in the way of something harmless, especially if we are celebrating love.
The issue of Gay marriage is not, however, really a legal or a financial issue. It is at the end a moral issue. I oppose it morally. A friend recently tried to contend that it was an issue of equality not morality. So lets break down the issue of gay marriage
Gay marriage is not about sex. Homosexuals are designed to have sex, just not with one another. Yes, I know that people can have orgasms alone, or in groups of any size or number. The normal way to have coitus or copulation is heterosexual by design. Even if you reject God, and believe in evolution you can’t argue this fact.
Gay marriage is not about procreation. Gay people can’t do that. It is biologically impossible. What more can be said.
Gay marriage is not about a ceremony. Homosexuals can have a ceremony, make vows, and have a party. Some churches will even allow them to use their building since they have no morale objection to homosexuality.
Gay marriage is not about friendship. I know gay people are friends with their partners, but their relationship is not just about friendship. I have lots of male friends. We aren’t intimate. I have lots of female friends too. We aren’t intimate. My relationship with my wife is a friendship, that became a partnership, based on a promise to be faithful to one another. Our goal as a couple is the nurturing of family.
Gay marriage is not about cohabitation. By cohabitation I simply mean living in the same house not necessarily with sex included. People live with other people for all types of reasons: financial, caregiver needs, and friendship. Two gay people could live together.
Gay marriage is not about economics. Most of the research I have read says that homosexuals are as prosperous or more prosperous than heterosexuals. Yes, economics come into play when it comes to whom can one leave pension survivor benefits and social security survivor benefits, but we could redefine that by the contracts to read anything we want it to say. Now that would affect the cost and benefits of the contract. But I don’t really want to get into that. Lets just say it could be done.
If you look back over the above issues our society, laws, and government have given homosexual all of the above. No one has prosecuted homosexuals for sex in decades. Gays now can have civil unions. Gays are more socially accepted than ever. The right of homosexuals to cohabitate, and to rent or buy a house is now the law. Homosexuals are protected in the work place from discrimination.
So what is all the fuss about really. It is about putting a societal stamp of approval on what someone is doing. Yes it would impact a few areas financially but most of us who object to it really aren’t concerned deeply about those issues. Homosexuals want society to validate their lifestyle as being as normal as any other. There is simply no other reason for this debate. Our society is on a slippery slope and has essentially reached the bottom of the hill. There is no more ground to fight over in the arena of marriage. But then again, perhaps there is, because if you can redefine what marriage is once, you can do it again. What do people next want to legalize, and normalize?
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
(Romans 1:18–32 NKJV)