Ten Facts About Counterfeit Marriage Part 1 of 2
1. Homosexual marriage degrades a time-honored institution
Homosexual marriage is an empty pretense that lacks the fundamental sexual complementariness of male and female. And like all counterfeits, it
cheapens and degrades the real thing. The destructive effects may not be immediately apparent, but the cumulative damage is inescapable. The eminent
Harvard sociologist, Pitirim Sorokin, analyzed cultures spanning several thousand years on several continents, and found that virtually no society has
ceased to regulate sexuality within marriage as traditionally defined, and survived.
2. Homosexual marriage would radically redefine marriage to include virtually any sexual behavior.
Once marriage is no longer confined to a man and a woman, and the sole criterion becomes the presence of "love" and "mutual commitment," it is
impossible to exclude virtually any "relationship" between two or more partners of either sex. To those who scoff at concerns that gay marriage
could lead to the acceptance of other harmful and widely-rejected sexual behaviors, it should be pointed out that until very recent times the very
suggestion that two women or two men could "marry" would have been greeted with scorn. The movement to redefine marriage has already found full
expression in what is variously called "polyfidelity" or "polyamory," which seeks to replace traditional marriage with a bewildering array of
sexual combinations among various groups of individuals.
3. Homosexual marriage is not a civil rights issue
Defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman would not deny homosexuals the basic civil rights accorded other citizens. Nowhere in the Bill of
Rights or in any legislation proceeding from it are homosexuals excluded from the rights enjoyed by all
citizens--including the right to marry. However, no citizen has the unrestricted right to marry whomever they want. A person cannot marry a child, a
close blood relative, two or more spouses, or the husband or wife of another person. Such restrictions are based upon the accumulated wisdom not only
of Western civilization but also of societies and cultures around the world for millennia.
4. Upholding traditional marriage is not "discrimination"
Discrimination occurs when someone is unjustly denied some benefit or opportunity. But it must first be demonstrated that such persons deserve to be
treated equally regarding the point in question. For example, FAA and airline regulations rightly discriminate regarding who is allowed into the
cockpit of an airplane. Those who are not trained pilots have no rightful claim to "discrimination" because they are denied the opportunity to fly
an airplane. Similarly, the accumulated wisdom of thousands of years of human history, as expressed in virtually all cultures, has defined marriage
as between a man and a woman. Homosexual activists conveniently avoid the question of whether homosexual relationships merit being granted equality
with marriage. Although not strictly comparable, radically altering the definition of marriage can also pose dangers to society in much the same way
as permitting unqualified individuals to fly airplanes.
5. Any comparison with interracial marriage is phony
Laws against interracial marriage sought to add a requirement to marriage that is not intrinsic to the institution of marriage. Allowing a black man
to marry a white woman, or vice versa, does not change the fundamental definition of marriage, which requires a man and a woman. Homosexual marriage,
on the other hand, is the radical attempt to discard this most basic requirement for marriage. Those who claim that some churches held interracial
marriage to be morally wrong fail to point out that such "moral objection" to interracial marriage stemmed from cultural factors rather than
historic and widely-accepted biblical teaching.
6. Homosexual marriage would subject children to unstable home environments
Many homosexuals and their sex partners may sincerely believe they can be good parents. But children are not guinea pigs for grand social experiments
in redefining marriage, and should not be placed in settings that are unsuitable for raising children.
�� Transient relationships: While a high percentage of married couples remain married for up to 20 years or longer, with many remaining
wedded for life, the vast majority of homosexual relationships are short-lived and transitory. This has nothing to do with alleged "societal
oppression." A study in the Netherlands , a gay-tolerant nation that has legalized homosexual marriage, found the average duration of a homosexual
relationship to be one and a half years.
�� Serial promiscuity: Studies indicate that while three-quarters or more of married couples remain faithful to each other, homosexual
couples typically engage in a shocking degree of promiscuity. The same Dutch study found that "committed" homosexual couples have an average of
eight sexual partners (outside of the relationship) per year. Children should not be placed in unstable households with revolving bedroom doors.
7. Homosexual activists have a political agenda: to radically redefine the institution of marriage
Homosexual activists admit that their goal is not simply to make the definition of marriage more "inclusive," but to remake it in their own
hedonistic image. Paula Ettelbrick, former legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, states, "Being queer means pushing the
parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and ... transforming the very fabric of society." Homosexual writer and activist Michelangelo Signorile
rejects monogamy in favor of "a relationship in which the partners have sex on the outside often ... and discuss their outside sex with each other,
or share sex partners."