Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Historic Foundations of Marriage

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Historic Foundations of Marriage

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No civilization has ever called the homosexual relationship a marriage because, indeed, it is not marriage. Although customs have differed, all cultures and major religions throughout the ages have defined and honored marriage as the permanent union of the two sexes to form families.

How can this universally accepted, centuries-old definition of marriage suddenly be redefined to mean a husband-husband or wife-wife relationship? How can two men or two women be the same as a man and a woman? An entire s ex is left out, which implies that men and women are equivalent with no differences.

The redefinition of marriage would open the floodgate to social and moral chaos. First, the institution of marriage is not just a matter of feelings. It's a specifically defined legal, social, economic and spiritual union of a man and woman. If that definition is changed based on people's feelings, then why not allow any relationship to be called a marriage? What about three people marrying? Or what about an adult marryi ng a child? And why not overturn laws regarding minimum age and blood relative status? Hadley Arkes, professor of jurisprudence at Amherst College, says, "Every argument for gay marriage is an argument that would support polygamy. The gay activists may not have the remotest interest in promoting polygamy, but . . . they have the most profound interest . . . in discrediting the notion that marriage finds its defining ground in `nature.' We can count on the fact that there will be someone, somewhere, ready to press this issue by raising a challenge in the court." Second, in many cases same-sex marriage clashes with the principle of a committed lifestyle. Monogamy is not the norm for a majority of homosexuals, as acknowledged by a large body of research including The American Journal of Public Health and Genre, a gay magazine. Los Angeles psychologist Guy Baldwin, a counselor to many homosexuals, says, "I think we're seeing a new phenomenon in the gay community. It is the appearance of the well-adjusted open gay marriage." If fidelity is not the norm for most homosexual couples, how can stable homes be created and maintained? Robert Knight of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., says, "The purpose of marriage is to stabilize sexuality and provide the best environment in which to procreate and raise children. Sex outside marriage traditionally has been discouraged not only because of the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and out-of-wedlock births but also because of the dangers it poses to stable families." Currently, most domestic-partner laws grant easy dissolution of a relationship and the registry of several partners a year. Third, the healthy sexual identity of children is at risk. Research and common sense have proved that the health of a society and its children depends upon the extent of healthy, intact mom-and-dad families. …

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