(Post Author: Bill Pratt)
I wrote a post recently about why the state endorses and promotes marriage between a man and a woman. Simply put, the state needs children and it needs children raised in the ideal environment for them to become productive adult citizens, which is a family headed by a man and a woman. Biology, common sense, and vast empirical research prove this to be the case. Additionally, traditional marriage domesticates men and protects mothers.
Based on these societal interests, why would the state want to endorse gay marriage?
Gay marriages do not produce children. In fact, the only way a same sex couple can “produce” children is to use people from outside their marriage. They cannot procreate by themselves and they rely on traditional male-female sexual unions to provide children.
Gay marriages are not the ideal environment to raise children. Every single gay marriage deprives a child of either a father or a mother. Again, nature, common sense, and empirical research all demonstrate that children thrive best when they are raised in a family with a father and mother.
Gay marriage does nothing to domesticate men. The great majority of gay men are not monogamous; they seek sexual gratification outside their primary relationship. One study tracked 100 gay male couples, and after 5 years not one couple could boast that both partners had remained sexually faithful. The idea of two men gay men living faithfully in a long-term commitment is a myth. The research proves just the opposite.
Only gay marriages between women provide any sort of security or protection for a mother. The quality of that security is debatable, but it seems like it could provide better security than single motherhood.
So, to summarize, at least 3 out of the 4 primary reasons that the state promotes traditional marriage do not apply to gay marriages. It is only if marriage is completely redefined and its purpose fundamentally altered that same sex marriage advocates have any kind of argument.
You may think same sex marriage is harmless to our society (I disagree but that is a topic for another day), but I want to know why the state should endorse it. After all, that is what gay marriage advocates want – a state endorsement of their relationship. There are plenty of relationships that are harmless that the state does not promote. What is so special about this one?
Make an argument for why we should radically alter our marriage laws. Show us why, if you are a gay marriage proponent, this is so good for our entire nation.