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legalizing Same Sex Marriage 

What is really behind this movement?
What impact will it have on society?

The same sex marriage debate is now front and center more then ever before. This April 2013, The United States Supreme court is about to weigh in on the issue, but no one knows for sure which way they may be leaning.

What we do know is that there are two cases they will be hearing. The justices will consider whether California's voter-approved ban on same sex marriage, Proposition 8, unfairly discriminates against homosexuals. Later they will consider whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act which bars the US government from recognizing same sex marriages an overreach by the federal government.

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Without a doubt these cases could and probably will change the lives of homosexuals in this country. If the court declares that homosexuals have the same rights to marriage as heterosexuals then it would be sending a message that homosexual marriages must be treated equally in the eyes of the law.

 Putting aside political correctness, I want to examine from a historical perspective what marriage has meant to society and where it will lead us if we fundamentally change it's definition.

Before I start I want to acknowledge that many will argue that over 50% of heterosexual marriages end in divorce and therefore legalizing homosexual marriages will not threaten the institution as we know it.

Having said that let's move on to even more significant arguments for maintaining the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman by examining the various benefits it offers the individuals and society.

Benefits of Heterosexual Marriages

For as long as mankind has been around traditional marriage has been the foundation of civilization. Nations and empires grew and prospered as individuals entered into traditional marriages.

If we were to examine independent studies of social scientists we would find they all agree that traditional marriage offers the following benefits; married men and women report greater satisfaction with family life, married couples report greater sexual satisfaction, married women report higher levels of physical and psychological health, married people experience less depression.

Furthermore, traditional marriages have higher income then step families, cohabiting couples, or those who never married. Traditional marriages also result in lower welfare costs to society when compared to divorced couples or out of wedlock births.

The children of traditional marriages have more to gain. Consider the following:

• Children in married families are less like to suffer serious child abuse.

• Children in married families are less likely to end up in jail as adults.

• Children in married families are less likely to be depressed as adolescents.

• Children in married families are less likely to be expelled from school.

• Children in married families are less likely to repeat a grade in school.

• Children in married families are less likely to have developmental problems.

• Children in married families are less likely to have behavioral problems.

• Children in married families are less likely to use drugs (marijuana, cocaine).

• Children in married families are less likely to be sexually active.

Facts about Homosexual Marriage

Our media tries to portray homosexual marriage as being no different then heterosexual marriage. However, facts point out distinct differences that cannot be ignored.

A recent study by Dr. Timothy Dailey points out so-called committed homosexual relationships are different in six ways:

  1. relationship duration
  2. monogamy vs. promiscuity 
  3. relationship commitment 
  4. number of children being raised 
  5. health risks 
  6. rates of intimate partner violence.

Gay activists try to argue that heterosexual relationships fare no better with their divorce rates. However, recent studies show a sharp contrast. The Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census of nearly eight thousand homosexuals found that only 15 (fifteen) percent described their "current relationship" as having lasted twelve years or longer.

A study of homosexual men in the Netherlands found that the "duration of steady partnerships" was only one and half years. In a study of male homosexuality reported in Western Sexuality: Practice and Precept in Past and Present Times, Pollak found that "few homosexual relationships last longer than two years, with many men reporting hundreds of lifetime partners.

Let's not forget that another key difference is "monogamy versus promiscuity." Ongoing studies have discovered that seventy-seven percent of married men and eighty-eight percent of married women had remained faithful to the marriage vows.

By contrast, homosexuals were much less monogamous and much more promiscuous. In the classic study by Bell and Weinberg, they found that forty-three percent of white male homosexuals had sex with 500 (five hundred)  or more partners, with twenty-eight percent having one 1000 (thousand) or more sex partners.

Let me point out that I am not dismissing those homosexual relationships that defy these facts. Let's just agree that they are not the norm.

Based on these facts, there is no justifiable reason to recognize any homosexual marriage as being similar to a traditional marriage. Homosexual relationships should exist and be recognized on the basis of what they truly are; two individuals who are engaged in sexual behavior that is not the norm. It involves sex between two people whose bodies do not compliment or accommodate each other as do heterosexuals.

Why we should not approve or recognize same sex marriage

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When considering the validity and impact of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman you don't have to look very deep to recognize the beauty it holds. In its basic form traditional marriage in no way resembles same sex marriage.

When referring to same sex marriage and the desire of the homosexual community what you are truly looking at is sexual behavior outside the norm for human beings. These are individuals who now want to forever legitimize their deviant actions through a formal arrangement recognized by law. 

They believe that because they live together and share common interests and responsibilities i.e., cars, homes, bank accounts, vacations businesses, as do heterosexuals that they should be recognized as being no different and thus entitled to the same benefits.

But what is a marriage? What purpose was it designed to serve?

Our opinion, and yours, has no bearing on this matter. Mankind no more originated marriage then the moon and the stars. These wonders were designed and put place by a far greater being and we must refer to their designer to understand what the original intent was.

"Why must we go there?" you ask. If we were to discuss the true purpose and intended benefits of the iPhone wouldn't we want to refer to the engineers at the Apple Company?

In this instance we can begin our analysis by referring to the owners manual, the book of Genesis, in the Holy Bible. In Gen2:18 we read that after God created the man called Adam he said, "...it is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him" . Notice that the very next phase of creation is intended to bring to Adam a helper to be "suitable" for the man.

At this point God had already created the entire planet and the universe and placed Adam in the Garden of Eden for him to tend to. What happens next is that God creates all the "beasts of the field and every bird of the sky" and brings all the animals to Adam to see what he would name them. You then read in Gen 2:20, "but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him".

Please note that God's intent here is to show us that he wanted to provide what was "best" for his ultimate creation, Adam.

So now moving on to Gen 2:21-24 we read, "So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man and he slept; then He took  one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into  a woman the rib which he had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, "This is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh; She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joiuned to his wife and they shall become one flesh."

This is the most beautiful and accurate explanation of what the original blueprint of marriage looked like. Let's take a closer look at some key parts of this passage.

  • We learn that God brought forth the best possible or "suitable" partner to Adam by using one of Adams ribs signifying the level of closeness and intimacy they would share
  • From this rib he fashions a female, not a male, to be this "suitable" helper, and this is a most significant point to note and understand
  • Once a man is presented a "suitable" helper to share his life with he is then instructed to leave his father and mother and set out on his own to establish his own home, they are to become "one flesh"

Here the institution of marriage between a man and a woman is introduced. It is clear that it was designed and implemented by God not by mankind. It originated with God. The next question we need to answer for the homosexual same sex marriage community is, "what is the purpose of marriage as intended by it's originator?" We find our answer once again in Genesis.

This time we read in Gen 1:26-28, "Then God said, "let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth". God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and God said to them, "be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth".

Again, let's examine the key parts of this passage:

  • God intended for mankind to assume a position of authority over all his creation, to rule on behalf of God, to carry out his purpose
  • When God created them, male and female, he also blessed them, he did so because he saw that they were good, as a result of this blessing society has experienced the benefits of this heterosexual relationship
  • The male and female were created in His image, His likeness. They started out life with His nature to fulfill His purpose. They were instructed to be fruitful and multiply, this meant procreation of the god-like species, something that is not possible in a homosexual union

The homosexual same sex marriage advocates will try to dismiss all this by using the argument that God is love and that he would never condemn or punish them as many religious leaders and Christians have argued. They will even point out that Jesus did not condemn the woman who was caught in the act of adultery.

This defense simply does not hold up. The woman caught in adultery was instructed by Jesus to "go and sin no more". He did not condone her behavior, he called it "sin", and instructed her to stop living this lifestyle. Because of his "grace", better translated as "unmerited favor", we later learn that this same women indeed left behind her life of adulteress living now with the understanding that God loved her deeply and wanted her to experience his best.

God is very patient with us and our sinful ways and that is simply because he gives us many opportunities to repent and turn from our sin and accept his grace and mercy.

Homosexuals and same sex marriage supporters confuse Gods love with tolerance for all types of behavior. We can see however that at some point God's patience and grace runs out for his children who choose to live contrary to what is best for them. When that point is reached HE allows them to feel the full impact of their decisions.

In the Romans 1:26-28 we read, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit  to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind to do those things which are not proper..."

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It is clear from this passage that homosexual behavior and same sex marriage did not originate with God and this is why he condemns it. No one can claim that they were born that way. If that were so then a loving God would not refer to homosexuality this way throughout the scriptures.

There are negative and severe consequences for the homosexual lifestyle. Granting same sex marriage equal status to traditional marriages does not change this fact. As a society we have an obligation to resist this effort. Historically, the Bible demonstrates that God will eventually punish the nation which condones this behavior.

In closing, God is always reaching out to his children, especially when their actions violate his laws because he desires to see no one suffer the consequences of this disobedience. Yes, God does love the homosexual because they are his children, Nonetheless, he will not tolerate his children living in defiance through any same sex marriage.

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