Ten reasons why homosexual ‘marriage’ is harmful and should be opposed
Same sex ‘marriage’….
1 ….is not marriage at all
Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman, which by its nature is ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and wellbeing of the spouses. The promoters of same-sex ‘marriage’ propose something entirely different. They propose the union between two men or two women. This denies the self-evident biological, physiological, and psychological differences between men and women that find their complementarity in marriage. It also denies the primary purpose of marriage: the perpetuation of the human race and the raising of children. Two entirely different things cannot be considered the same thing.
2 ….violates Natural Law
Marriage is a relationship rooted in human nature and governed by Natural Law. Natural Law’s most basic precept is “do good and avoid evil.” By natural reason a human being knows what is morally good or bad. Being rooted in human nature, Natural Law is universal and immutable. It applies to the entire human race. Saint Paul wrote in his Epistle to the Romans that the Natural Law is inscribed in the heart of every person (Rom. 2:14-15). By natural reason we know the end – purpose – of each of our acts. We know it is morally wrong to turn the means for accomplishing an act into the act’s end (purpose). Any situation which institutionalises the circumvention of the purpose of the sexual act violates Natural Law and the objective universal norms of morality.
3 ….denies a child either a father or a mother
It is in a child’s best interest to be raised by a father and mother. A child of a same-sex ‘marriage’ will always be deprived of either a mother role model or a father role model. In the name of the ‘right’ of married homosexuals to raise a child, children will be denied the right to have both father and mother. Same-sex ‘marriage’ ignores a child’s best interest.
4 ….validates and promotes the homosexual lifestyle
Same-sex ‘marriage’ serves to validate the homosexual lifestyle, including its bisexual and transgender variants. Civil laws play an important and sometimes decisive role in influencing patterns of thought and behavior. They externally shape the life of society, but also profoundly influence people’s perception and evaluation of forms of behaviour. Legalisation of same-sex ‘marriage’ would devalue natural marriage and weaken public morality.
5 ….is a moral wrong, not a civil right
Homosexual activists argue that same-sex ‘marriage’ is a civil rights issue analogous to the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s. This is false. Sexual behavior and race are essentially different realities. A man and a woman wanting to marry may be different in their characteristics: one may be black, the other white; one rich, the other poor; or one tall, the other short; one educated the other not. None of these differences prevent marriage. They are still man and woman and the requirements of nature are respected. Same-sex ‘marriage’ opposes nature. Two individuals of the same sex, regardless of their race, wealth, stature, or education will encounter an insurmountable obstacle to marriage due to a biological impossibility.
6 ….does not create a family but a naturally sterile union
Natural marriage normally results in children (unless turned from its purpose by birth control). On the contrary, same-sex ‘marriage’ is sterile. If the ‘spouses’ want to birth a child they must circumvent nature by artificial means.
7 ….is detrimental to the Common Good
The State protects and bestows benefits upon marriage because by its very nature marriage provides the normal conditions for a stable, affectionate, and moral atmosphere beneficial to the upbringing of children. Marriage helps perpetuate the nation and benefits the common good. Homosexual ‘marriage’ does not provide such conditions. Its primary purpose – objectively speaking – is the personal gratification of two individuals whose union is sterile by nature. It is not entitled therefore to the protection and benefits the State extends to true marriage.
8 ….imposes its acceptance on all society
By legalising same-sex ‘marriage’ the State becomes its official promoter. The State calls on public officials to officiate at same-sex civil ceremonies, orders public schools to teach its acceptability to children, and punishes State employees who express disapproval. In the private sphere, objecting parents will see their children exposed more than ever to this new ‘morality’. Businesses offering wedding services will be forced to provide them for same-sex unions. Rental property owners will have to accept same-sex couples as tenants. In every situation where marriage affects society, the State will expect Christians, and all people of good, will to betray their consciences by condoning, through silence or cooperation, an attack on the natural order and on morality.
9 ….is the cutting edge of today’s sexual revolution
In the 1960s society was pressured to accept all kinds of immoral sexual relationships between men and women. Today we are seeing a new sexual revolution where society is being asked to accept sodomy and same-sex ‘marriage’. If homosexual ‘marriage’ is universally accepted, as the current step in sexual freedom, what logical arguments are there to refuse successive steps: incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and other forms of unnatural behaviour? Indeed, radical elements of certain avant garde subcultures are already advocating such aberrations.
10 ….offends God
This is the most important reason. Whenever one violates the natural moral order established by God, one sins and offends God. Same-sex ‘marriage’ does just this. Accordingly, anyone who professes to love God must be opposed to it (“If you love me, keep my commandments.” – John 14:15). Marriage was not created by the State. It was established by God in Paradise for our first parents, Adam and Eve. As we read in the Book of Genesis: “Male and female He created them. God blessed them, saying: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.” (Gen. 1:28-29). The same was taught by Our Saviour Jesus Christ: “From the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife.” (Mark 10:6-7). Genesis also teaches how God punished Sodom and Gomorrah for the sin of homosexuality: “The Lord rained down sulphurous fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah.” (Gen. 19:24-25)
Taking a principled, not a personal, stand
In writing this statement, Australian TFP has no intention to defame or disparage anyone. We are not moved by personal hatred against any individual. Our only intent is the defence of traditional natural marriage and the family. We feel compassion and pray for those who struggle against the temptation to homosexual sin. We pray for those who fall into homosexual sin out of human weakness, that God may assist them with His grace. We are conscious of the enormous difference between these individuals and those who wish to gain acceptance for the homosexual lifestyle and impose it on society, in flagrant opposition to traditional Christian morality and Natural Law. However, we pray for these too. We pray also for the judges, legislators and government officials who in one way or another take steps that favour homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” We do not judge their intentions, interior dispositions, or personal motivations. We reject and condemn any violence. We exercise our constitutional rights to free speech and our right to candid and unapologetic public expression of our Christian faith. To the arguments in favour of homosexuality and same-sex ‘marriage’ we respond with arguments based on reason, Natural Law and Divine Revelation.