- I protect and defend traditional marriage.
- I protect and defend same-sex marriage.
- Thus, I protect and defend marriage.
Marriage is marriage! I use the terms “same-sex marriage” and “traditional marriage” only for delineation. Eventually, the contrasting verbiage will become unnecessary. The notion that regard for these is mutually exclusive is promoted by people who have a religious objection to marriage equality. It is intellectually dishonest.
The two “types” of marriage have more in common than the religious zealots would have people believe.
- Both feature, most of the time, the uniting of two people who are in love.
- Both give the participants legal recognition of their union.
- Both form a joint estate which can be used for current financial needs and future financial planning.
- Both give the couple the option of raising children.
- Both create a family structure that has both societal and legal recognition.
The only real difference is that, for the most part, same-sex couples adopt children who otherwise have no mother and no father. Opposite-sex couples usually acquire children through procreation. The idea that one has greater value than the other is intellectually dishonest. One would have to conclude that an adopted child has less value than one raised by biological parents. That proposition is rubbish.
- Traditional marriage has no adverse effect on same-sex marriage.
- Same-sex marriage has no adverse effect on traditional marriage.
We are a better, more stable society with greater collective family values when gay couples can be legally wed.