Same-Sex Marriages Essay, Research Paper
?If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their heads.? – Leviticus 20:13. ?Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: ……homosexual offenders…..will not inherit the kingdom of God.? – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. ?Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.? – Leviticus 18:22. According to the Bible, same-sex marriages would be immoral and sinful. Being gay and loving another person is not illegal, but uniting that couple in marriage is rejected by most of society.
As the Bible states, Christians find same-sex marriages unacceptable. One must see this issue from the point of view of a homosexual in order to fully understand the many controversies present in today?s society. It is understandable that not all people believe in the Bible, and we do have freedom of religion in the United States of America. Courts in Hawaii would not allow same-sex marriages and that is now being looked at as unconstitutional. Not allowing these marriages discriminates against homosexuals who are United States Citizens, which is not allowed by the constitution. Even though same-sex marriages are considered immoral by the bible, according to our laws there is no reason why these marriages shouldn?t take place. Although laws do not make same-sex marriages illegal, there should be limitations.
Marriages of the same-sex should not involve children. There is no natural way that two people of the same-sex could have children, therefore they should not be given custody of a child or the ability to adopt a child. Rules and regulation have recently been written in order to present such situations. Government on the national level is proposing to ban ?Second-parent adoptions?, which in the past have been approved. These regulations would require marital status to be given to the Department of Social Services. Many people have pushed for the approval of this regulation in order to protect innocent children from being placed in an unstable family. Gay parents will not cause a child to become gay, but that child is being deprived of crucial, necessary two-sex ingredients essential in parenting. It takes a man and a woman to produce a child, which is the most basic proof that a child needs a mother and a father to parented correctly. Children who have parents of the same-sex would be unbearably harassed by other children, and considered an outcast. An innocent child put in a situation that would be emotionally stressful for most of their youth is not necessary. Just imagine what a child would go through. ?Billy, which one of your dads wore the dress in the wedding?? or ?Suzy, which one of your moms is coming to the mother-daughter picnic?? Why put kids in an environment that is not morally or socially acceptable in today?s society? Having a companion of the same-sex should never result in being harassed, hated, or hurt. Sadly, being in a same-sex relationship should also never result in marriage or adoption. Everything in life has a price. Being parentless is a high price. A child’s basic needs must always supersede the desires of an adult. Children must always come before self.
Another reason why same-sex marriages should have limitations is that the traditional family is being radically challenged in today?s society. The institution of marriage between man and woman is the base of every civilized society. Religion and morality aside, common sense dictates that marriage and family can only exist between a man and a woman. Rather than the traditional family beginning with Adam and Eve, homosexual partners prefer to view marriage as a union between Adam and Steve. Marriage is the basis of family life, and families are central to civilization. The law doesn’t discriminate against homosexuals; it merely says that each sex must be represented in marriage. Same-sex couples do not qualify. It might be called a partnership, but if it’s called marriage, it’s a counterfeit version. Counterfeit versions of marriage drive out the real thing.
Finally, same-sex marriages should be limited for religious reasons. For example, in modern Christian culture, marriage is looked upon as a holy “union of two into one”. You can have a religious ceremony for same-sex couples, but it’s not a religious sacrament. Within ancient Christianity, the notion of the union of two wholly separate people into one was very strange. Some people believe that the Christian view of nature, created by God, should be recognized universally. This is not possible. Not everyone believes in the idea of God. Even people who do believe in the idea of a Christian God don’t necessarily see marriage as it was envisioned in Christ’s time. There was no marriage in the Old Testament. The Bible speaks simply of a man leaving his parents to tend to his wife. There was no heterosexual ritual of marriage, even in Jesus’ time.
Making homosexual activity the equivalent of married conjugal love, as the legalization of same-sex “marriage” would do, does no favors to the homosexual person or to society. It wrongfully affects the well being of children by depriving them of the essential ingredients of parenting. It also gives the homosexual relationship an identity and status that essentially jeopardizes the nature and rights of the family. Most strongly, the Bible clearly states that same-sex marriages are immoral and sinful. Many people deem homosexual activity and certain life styles as immoral and objectionable. Legislation should not seek to equate legal marriage in homosexual relationships.