Blog: 77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage

77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage

When I was growing up, I never thought we'd actually be having a vigorous debate, much less a vote, over what marriage is and isn't.

But here we are, going into Tuesday's election, with our very own ballot measure: Question 6 upholds the new law that marriage is any two people; a vote against protects current law that marriage is one man, one woman. The outcome of whether or not marriage will be redefined is anybody's guess.

The debate this year has been anything but civil following a coercive series of events that began in the legislature, spearheaded by our own governor.  Just two highlights (and I'll skip the fact that the governor's wife, a sitting judge, called same sex marriage opponents "cowards.") Did you hear about the 14-year old Maryland resident who was the victim of a harassing website and death threats after she asked the General Assembly not to redefine marriage? 'Nuf said.

Then this fall, a Gallaudet University administrator lost her job for signing a petition that allows Maryland citizens to decide the definition of marriage (and after a month she still hasn't been reinstated.) This was their Chief Officer of Diversity, too - what an oxymoron!

The obvious conclusion: the civil and religious rights of all Marylanders are at risk if they disagree with this law. So the option is to be bullied into silence or disagree at your own peril.  Yes, I know, there are lukewarm protections for pastors but not for individuals or business owners that may not want to participate in same sex weddings. That's not the America I grew up in, nor did Patch readers. So I share these 77 common sense reasons to protect natural marriage for your consideration because the issue is far more complicated than most realize. We can support our gay and lesbian friends without redefining marriage. Maryland has a very liberal domestic partnership law which provides a host of medical and other insurance benefits. More facts here...

Here are a few points for starters, and if you're interested, you can follow the link below:

The issue is not about equality, but about redefining marriage away from its historical and inherent meaning.

The essential public purpose of marriage is to attach mothers and fathers to their children and to one another.

We can see the importance of this purpose by taking the perspective of the child: What is owed to the child? Unlike adults, the child does not need autonomy or independence.

The child is entitled to a relationship with and care from both of the people who brought him into being. Therefore, the child has a legitimate interest in the stability of his parents’ union. 

Click Here to read all 77 reasons.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness November 10, 2012 at 01:19 PM
What else is there? Of course the answer to that, according the anti crowd, is the greater Truth. And that's ok. But that's much different than the law of the land and the constitution of the country, a constitution which, I might add, guarantees the freedom of religion, the freedom to believe as one wishes. So you can have Truth, as you define it. But you can't have a government that is a theocracy.
Howard Smith November 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
You are right gay marriage is now the law of the land in Maryland. That does not make it right, but it is the law of the land. And congratulations on confusing, coercing, tricking or whatever enough blacks and hispanics into voting for this question. Blcaks and hispanics two groups who are more opposed to gay marriage than the population as a whole is opposed. No one is talking about a theocracacy. Even without God there is right and wrong. Bottom line is that Maryland has blessed perversion and trying to convince you all that grass is green and the sky is blue would be about as sucessful as convincing any anti social individual that they are wrong. But it is the law of the land here in Maryland and congratulations on giving the 97%+ of us even more reason to fear and dislike you.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness November 10, 2012 at 07:38 PM
If it were 97% + then 52 % of the people would not have voted in support of the law. Your fears and dislikes are your own and those in the minority. And that minority is growing ever smaller by the day. That's a fact. As for the notion that Blacks and Hispanics were tricked or coerced on this issue...really? Were they tricked into supporting President Obama, too? This is absurd. Are you suggesting that they aren't capable of thinking and voting for themselves? Really?
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness November 10, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Also, if there is a right and wrong without God, as you suggest, where does that sense of right and wrong come from? This is an interesting idea you have here. I always thought the basis for opposing gay marriage or homosexual rights was the Bible. You seem to be saying something different. Are you saying there is a philosophical basis for it? A legal one? From where are getting the authority to say what is right and what is wrong? What is giving you the power to say this? The authority to say this?
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness November 10, 2012 at 08:21 PM
And, finally, here's the real reason why 6 was successful: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/walter-olson/maryland-gay-marriage_b_2094675.html


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