On opposing gay marriage on non-religious grounds
I was reading a blog recently where the comment was made that the only people not supporting gay marriage quoted the Bible. Since weddings/marriage in the West has been highly influenced by the Judeo-Christian ethic I think the Bible is a legitimate resource in the argument, but the blog writer did not.
I want to comment very briefly as there are reasons for opposing gay marriage other than Biblical ones and I want to mention two:
Health issues: A large number of Victorian doctors and experts recently claimed gay marriage could jeopardise the nation’s health. People in favour of gay marriage will argue that these health issues will eventually be resolved by medical science. Well, if that’s the case, let’s wait until they have been resolved. We have other laws preventing marriage on the grounds of health issues, eg marriage between close relatives, so this is a legitimate reason to oppose gay marriage.
Children: Social science has long known that children do best when raised by their biological mother and father. Of course, circumstances sometimes conspire to prevent this – death, serious illness, abandonment, marital breakdown, etc. Nevertheless the government should be doing all it can so that the norm for most children is to be brought up by their biological parents. If at all possible children should have a role model of each sex as the community where they live, learn, and work will comprise both genders. Our children’s welfare is also a legitimate reason to oppose gay marriage.