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Religion Vs. Gay Community?—The Vex of Same-sex

October 13, 2009

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What’s the Vex of Same-sex?

by Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Is the fight against same-sex marriage primarily one fought between religious groups and the gay community? Are there any issues that a secular society should consider in this fight? We have found at least eight negative sociological outcomes that could occur if same-sex marriage is legalized.

The first impact would most likely affect the number of marriages in the United States. Fewer people would see marriage as the ultimate covenant between two people. The proof of this lies in the state of Massachusetts where only 43 percent of same-sex couples who cohabitate have utilized the state law which grants them marriage rights. Heterosexual couples in Massachusetts are more likely to marry (91 percent) but the degree to which same-sex couples marry devalues the commitment for all couples and the number is likely to decrease. In the Netherlands, only 12 percent of gay couples have chosen marriage; this low number is consistent with countries that have legalized same-sex marriages.

A second impact that legalizing same-sex marriage would have on our society would be that monogamous and sexually faithful relationships would decrease. Fidelity among same-sex couples in countries that have legalized same-sex marriage is extremely low. Several studies in the Netherlands show shocking figures: homosexual men who have a steady partner have had an average of eight other sexual partners per year; lesbians were found to have more male partners over their lifetime than heterosexual women. This lack of fidelity affects the view of marriage by the society in general, no matter the sexual preference.

Third, same-sex marriage would negatively impact the number of couples who would remain married throughout their lives. As the transient nature of homosexual relationships becomes a normative ingredient of a society, all marriages will be impacted. One of the studies mentioned above found that the average male homosexual partnership lasts only 1½ years. This is a direct result of the widespread promiscuity among the homosexual community.

Next, the effect of same-sex marriage could be felt in the area of polygamy. Once society is afforded the opportunity to choose a spouse regardless of sex, the next step is to take the limit off the number of spouses a person may have. In case you think this is an unlikely scenario, one lawsuit has been filed in the courts using the argument we have stated above.

Moving on from marriage, we can readily deduce that the next influence same-sex marriage would have would be on children. More children would grow up without both father and mother to influence their lives. The social sciences are replete with study after study that commands our attention to the positive effect married, biological parents have on their children. Children are more emotionally stable and achieve higher test scores when they are raised by a mother and a father. Creating permanent motherless or fatherless homes dares to suppress the best standards for the next generation. Allowing gay partners to adopt will deny innocent children (who are unable to choose for themselves) the benefit of a home with both a mother and a father.

Another negative impact same-sex marriage would have on our families is that schools would be required to offer information about homosexuality as a choice to students. Sex education classes would purport that homosexual relationships are identical to heterosexual ones. In Massachusetts, a lesbian sex education instructor told her 8th grade students how lesbians use “a sex toy” to have intercourse. Though this is shocking, more so is the fact that a kindergarten parents was jailed because he protested against a book that was distributed to his son describing same-sex partners.

Next, the impact of same-sex marriage will have a negative impact on the economy. Once same-sex marriage is legalized, all employers, whether they are public or private, will be forced to provide a benefits package for same-sex couples. This will broadly affect every US citizen as our consumer goods and services will increase due to the increase cost of benefits that companies (large or small) will have to bear.

Finally, the conscience of each citizen and our religious liberties would come under attack if same-sex marriage became legalized. Once a law has been made, the interpretation of that law is managed by the court system, which has often seen opinion rise over the will of the people. Religious schools, colleges, and organizations might face becoming stripped of their tax-exempt status if they do not hire and admit homosexuals. Social workers, psychologists, counselors and other professionals could have their licenses revoked because they have chosen to “discriminate” against homosexuals.

The types of issues we have stated above have already been found to be true in the countries and states in which same-sex marriage has been legalized. If you are as vexed as I am over this issue, make a stand for marriage.

http://townhall.com/columnists/HarryRJacksonJr/2009/10/12/what%E2%80%99s_the_vex_of_same-sex?page=2

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2009 1:02 pm

    Logic 101

    Correlation does not equal causation.

    What’s wrong with this statement?

    Children raised in homes with more appliances tend to perform better in school. Therefore, appliances improve intelligence.

    That sounds like a pretty outrageous claim, but you’d be surprised how many people fall into this logical fallacy on a daily basis. Just because two events or phenomena tend to happen together does not necessarily mean that one causes the other. Correlation does not imply causation. We shouldn’t assume that the way to improve school test scores is to throw more toasters into the kids’ homes. That obviously won’t work.

    With the above example, the “true” explanation brings in a third variable. Generally speaking, homes with more appliances are inhabited by people who are more affluent and have more money. In this way, the parents of these children are more likely to have received more education and have greater resources at their disposal for assisting the kids with their schoolwork. It is (partly) because of this overall higher standard of living and greater level of affluence that the children are performing better in school.

    • mlabot permalink*
      October 14, 2009 5:57 pm

      Personal F,
      If there is a correlation, the cause is in there somewhere. The problem we get into sometimes is the denial of the correlation at all.

  2. Choice and Accountability permalink
    October 14, 2009 4:51 pm

    Great post. And all of it true. Other countries permitting SSM have all seen these consequences play out, to the detriment and weakening of the fabric of their societies.

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