Thursday, 18 April 2013

Why Gay Marriage Is Wrong



People come out with many arguments against gay marriage. It will lead to violence, it will weaken the social order, it will be divisive, it will upset people, it attacks religious freedom, it undermines the cornerstone of society, it threatens world peace. It "erodes" a lot of things, such as the rights of parents and churchgoers, our culture, morality, marital norms, the traditional purpose of marriage. It was so simple in the old days, when you could just tell people they'd go to Hell.

France's top Catholic bishop warned the government that legalization of same-sex marriage risked inciting violence at a time the country had more pressing economic and social problems to tackle. Cardinal André Vingt-Trois told a meeting of French bishops the planned marriage reform... was a sign that society had lost its capacity to integrate different views. "This is the way a violent society develops," he told the spring meeting of the French bishops' conference. (Reuters, April 16 2013)

“Efforts to alter society’s long-standing definition of marriage ... infringe upon the religious liberties of individuals and institutions that acknowledge heterosexual marriage not only as a fact of nature but also as an article of faith.” (Maryland bishops in 2011)

Bishop Simeon Hall of the Bahamas says: "Same sex marriage clearly violates the divine intent, but will also cause greater deterioration of the social order as we know it today." (25 Feb 2013)

The Archbishop of Birmingham says plans for gay marriage are "undemocratic and Orwellian", and also "a shambles". (December 2012)

Gay marriage bill will be divisive. Impact on religious groups & faith schools. Bad idea. (David Davies/‏@davidtcdavies)

Gay marriage will upset people in "normal marriages". Conservative MP Bob Stewart, December 2012

"I want our legislators to stick to their guns and not legalise what will be eroding our culture and make us godless people." (Nigerian actor Emeka Ike, March 20 2013)

"…although the introduction of same-sex marriage will not make heterosexual marriage 'disappear', it may make 'the path to fulfilment, in marriage and in other relationships, more difficult to find," says the report Men and Women in Marriage, published April 2013 by the Church of England's Faith and Order Commission.

"We shouldn't allow gay marriage when we should be fixing the economy" (quoted by @PrimlyStable)

The UK Independence Party has many in its ranks who are gay men or women who have, without fuss or ostentation, taken advantage of the new arrangements. As a libertarian party, we are entirely at ease with their choice and wish all of them well. Gay marriage is an entirely different thing altogether. (The site goes on to explain that if gay marriage is legal, it's inevitable that the European Court of Human Rights will one day force UK religions to marry gay couples.) (ukip.org)

Gay marriage "ultimately, we believe, demeans gay people by forcing them to conform to the straight world." (Timothy Radcliffe, Dec 2012, The Guardian)

US Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is charging President Barack Obama with undermining the “very cornerstone of society” by supporting “gay marriage.” May 2012

In March 2013, the Heritage Foundation in the US put out a report titled The Consequences of Redefining Marriage: Eroding Marital Norms. ("Redefining Marriage Ignores Children’s Needs and Renders Marital Norms Arbitrary... Government recognizes marriage because it benefits society in a way that no other relationship or institution does.")

The Catholic Church in Scotland has branded gay marriage a "dangerous social experiment". July 2012

Gay marriages “threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.” Pope Benedict Jan 2012
Gay marriages “penalise” straight marriages. (Pope Benedict, Jan 2011)
In his Christmas speech, the Pope says gay marriage threatens world peace. (Dec 2012)

Gay marriage opens the door to bigamy and child marriage. (quoted in huffpost April 2012)

The Church calls marriage holy or sacramental because the covenant relationship of committed, faithful love between the couple reflects the covenanted love and commitment between God and his Church. (Senior bishops and clergy of the Church of England in favour of equal civil marriage.)

Conservatives (GOP leaders) discuss gay marriage on TV Jan 2011

Michael Steele: “It’s foundational to who we are as a nation, how we define ourselves as people…not to the exclusion of others, not to diminish anyone’s individuality, but to say in a very supportive way that the family unit, the family concept, is an ideal that we aspire to.”

Reince Priebus: “It’s foundational in our lives… I don’t believe anybody should be denied dignity in this discussion, everyone should be loved. But at the end of the day, I believe that marriage — through the sanctity of marriage — should be between one man and one woman.”

Ann Wagner: “It is the true fabric of our society.

Saul Anuzis: “I think very straightforwardly, marriage is both a religious and a cultural institution that has existed for over 2,000 years…I think that our both belief in our kind of activity to promote marriage and promote the nuclear family is an important distinction that we have in America versus almost every other country in the world.”

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1 comment:

  1. It's 2016 now and we've got equal marriage – can you see any sign of the above horrible consequences?

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