April 24, 2013
Five More States Considering
By Mike McManus
Five Democratic states are considering adopting same-sex
marriage (SSM): Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Illinois and
Nevada. Nine states and Washington DC have legalized it (CT, VT,
NH, IA, WA, ME, MD, MA and NY).
Below I outline seven reasons to oppose SSM.
First, details on the issue in five new states:
Delaware: The House approved a bill this week to create SSM, but
it still must be passed by the Senate – where “It can be
stopped,” asserts Brian Brown, President of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM).
Rhode Island: “Is likely to be a loss,” confesses Brown. The
House approved SSM, and a Senate Committee voted for it this
week. All five Republican Senators approved it.
Minnesota: A bipartisan group of legislators introduced the
bill, but it has not yet passed the House or Senate. NOM and
Minnesota for Marriage organized 1,500 people outside the State
Capitol demonstrating against it. A tough fight ahead.
Illinois: Senate approved SSM in February. The House has not
scheduled a vote due to opposition by black pastors and
conservative Democrats. Hopeful for opponents.
Nevada: The Senate voted to redefine marriage, but even if the
Legislature agrees, the vote must be repeated in 2015, and
voters can vote NO in 2016. Why? Nevada is one of 31 states
whose constitutions define marriage as the union of a man and a
What’s wrong with same-sex marriage?
First, “Gay unions are not marriage,” says Maggie Gallagher,
founder of NOM. “Marriage involves a husband and a wife for a
reason. You need a male and a female to create a baby to
continue the race. Gay marriage cuts marriage off from its roots
and in human nature.
“Second, what they redefine will lead to changes in what schools
teach about marriage. A new anti-bullying provision in New York
led to asking 13-year-old girls to pretend they are lesbians,
and asked them to kiss one another in a school assembly. Parents
who object are called `homophobic bigots,’” complained
Third, “When you redefine marriage, you make massive changes in
the law,” argues NOM’s Brown. “Catholic Charities adoption
programs had to be shut down in Illinois, Massachusetts” (and
Washington DC) because they allow adoptions only by male-female
“A florist was sued by Washington State because she refused to
send flowers to a same-sex wedding. They are using the law to
oppress and marginalize those for whom marriage is a union of a
man and a woman. There were plenty of florists they could have
gone to. Why pick on this one? Should the state sue as if there
were no other florists? While they talk about `marriage
equality’ the state can go after you. Their claim that they
believe in live and let live – is a myth.”
Fourth, SSM “Is a frontal attack on religious liberty,” Brown
argues. “In states that have not redefined marriage, there are
strong protections. Anti-discrimination laws that existed before
same-sex marriage – are dismantled. After SSM, parental rights
to withdraw children from classes – be damned!”
Fifth, most mainstream media is deeply pro-gay marriage. When
the Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of
California’s Prop 8 that limited marriage to heterosexuals, and
the Defense of Marriage Act – NOM mobilized 10,000 March for
Marriage demonstrators outside the Court – far more than pro-gay
supporters. However, “only the British press said we had more
people there,” sighed Brown.
I did not see one story in the press or network TV which made
the point that Federal Judge Vaughn Walker who overturned the
vote of 7 million Californians in favor of traditional marriage
– is himself gay and living with a gay man. He should have
withdrawn from the case.
Sixth, over 90% of gays and lesbians are NOT interested in
marrying. in 2012 there were 18,000 gay or lesbian “marriages”
in California. However, experts estimate 1.7% of the state’s 38
million people are gay or lesbian – 646,000 people.
Only 5.5% of the state’s gays and lesbians married when they
could do so.
My question for the Supreme Court – and America is simple. Why
should 5.5% of 1.7% of the population force a redefinition of
traditional marriage on a state or the nation?
Seventh, as Jesus said, “Haven’t you read that at the beginning
the Creator made them male and female, and said, `For this
reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to
his wife, and the two will become one.’”
We heterosexuals and Christians must fight for traditional
marriage as the best place to raise children. As Grace Evans,
11, asked Minnesota legislators: “Which parent do I not need –
my mom or my dad?”
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