In states across the country, citizens have repeatedly voted in favor of one-man, one-woman marriage. In fact, to date each time the question has gone to the ballot box, voters have affirmed this long-standing definition of marriage.
Here are some points to consider when defending marriage:
Social science supports the value of marriage between one man and one woman.
- Numerous studies show that children do best when raised by their own married mother and father.
- Kids raised in these types of homes are less likely to engage in violence, do drugs, have children outside of marriage, experience physical and sexual abuse, have poor relationships with their parents, and be idle by dropping out of school and not working.
Unlike race and ethnicity, homosexuality is not an unchangeable characteristic.
- The acceptance and celebration of homosexuality in our culture makes it confusing and more difficult for people who wish to overcome their same-sex attractions.
Sexual freedom is increasingly trumping religious freedom rights, as anti-discrimination laws are being used to discriminate against Christians.
Civil unions are a strategy that has repeatedly been used to usher in same sex marriage through the courts and state legislatures.
- Civil unions are a stepping stone to same-sex marriage and a threat to state marriage amendments. Based on recent legal and legislative history, once civil unions are granted, proponents go to court to challenge state marriage laws and amendments on the grounds that civil unions are unequal and not enough.
- The cost of defending marriage amendments against lawsuits is enormous. In California, the price tag for defending Proposition 8 (2008 state marriage amendment) in federal court is more than $10 million and that number is still climbing.
Carrie Gordon Earll is the Senior Policy Analyst for Bioethics at CitizenLink (an affiliate of Focus on the Family) and a fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.
CitizenLink Report, Speak Up for Marriage, May 24, 2012