In public relations words are powerful. Every good PR consultant knows that the right words can make a weak case sound strong. What then is this particular case actually about? Try this quiz-
- The push to legislate for Same-Gender Marriage is about:
- (a) the definition of marriage
- (b) social acceptance of morally unacceptable lifestyle
- (c) removal of discrimination against same-sex couples
Strip away that positive and negative language and consider the issue: What is marriage? It is the union of one man with one woman for life to the exclusion of all others with the potential of having and raising a family. Marriage, therefore is a privilege, not a right. Because it is a privilege it must be discriminating. But this discrimination is on the basis of fairness for all- that is, everyone is treated equally within the standards of discrimination. In the case of marriage, society recognises that those standards should encompass eligibility to marry on the basis of -
- 1. Age - must have obtained the age of 18
- 2. Existing marital status - must not be already married
- 3. Gender difference - must marry a person of the opposite gender
- 4. Unrelatedness - must not marry a close relative (brother, sister, father or mother)
- 5. Humanity - you can't marry your pet, or your car, or your football club.
There are certainly strong religious reasons for defending marriage as the union of one man with one woman for life to the exclusion of all others for the potential purpose of starting and raising a family. But there are equally good reasons for society to continue to uphold marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. I have outlined these reasons previously and have provided some links to those articles at the end of this piece. However, if it can be shown that the existing Marriage Act is not unfairly discriminatory then there is no case to be sustained for "Gay" Marriage.
If the Gay Lobby succeeds in removing one of the standards for maintaining the definition of marriage ("3. Gender difference"), then it must logically follow that none of the other standards should be maintained either. This would open the way for legalised pedophilia, polygamy, incest, and bestiality.
Marriage has not always lived up to its ideal. Adultery, bigamy, divorce, polygamy, have all damaged it. To a lesser extent, abuse in its various forms has also tainted it. But even with all of these challenges, the average marriage in Australia is still around 45 years! And the majority of those who marry in Australia stay married for life. And the vast majority of those do so happily. Marriage is worth defending. The main argument of the Gay Lobby is a logical absurdity. But woe betide anyone who publicly says so. They can expect abusive insults from those who can not tolerate such intolerance.
- Understand what the Bible says about Gay (Same-Gender) Marriage
- What is a family?: and why it matters : achieving a workable ... - Google Books Result
- Divorce and Remarriage from a Christian Perspective
- The Myth of Prohibition - by Dr Andrew Corbett