Gay marriage has long been the topic of intense controversy, and there are many people worldwide that are strongly opposed to this type of unions. Focussing on the arguments used against gay marriage, there are many different arguments put forward, and these are summarised below:
Marriage should be a union between a man and a woman is a commonly used argument, with many people thinking that a marriage that is anything but a union between a male and a female is morally and ethically wrong.
Same sex marriages aren’t right for bringing up kids: There are those than argue that same sex marriages can never be ‘normal’ because children cannot be introduced into the family unit, as it is not the right environment for kids to be brought up in or be accustomed to.
Same sex marriages are immoral, unethical and abnormal: Many people will crucify the very concept of gay marriage, and their argument is that it is against ever natural and ethical law in existence.
Gay marriage violates religion is another of the arguments from those that state that this sort of union is against every religion and therefore violated religious beliefs and laws.
Gay marriages devalue the very concept of marriage is an argument put forward by some people, who believe that marriage is strictly a male-female union and any other variation simply makes marriage seem cheap, superficial and meaningless.
The National Debate Association lists some quotes from those against gay marriage, and these include:
“Homosexuality is morally wrong.”
“The suggestions that homosexuals can be ‘married’ is absurd, since marriage is, by definition, a union between a man and a woman.”
"Under the doctrine of the separation of Church and State, the government should not force millions of religious people to accept a new definition of 'marriage.'"
"The institution of heterosexual marriage serves a social purpose, and that purpose is to foster a stable community and a good environment for bringing up children."
Many of the arguments against gay marriage also seem to stem from stereotypes – many of which are quite odd. For example, it is not unknown for some people to argue that a same sex marriage with children in the relationship will invariably lead to gay children. Many other arguments also base themselves on other stereotypes, such as ‘gay people are invariably promiscuous and cannot hold down a long term marriage or relationship’.
However, in this age of democracy where equality is supposed to be of paramount importance, even the dictionaries do nothing to help the same sex marriage cause. The definition of marriage in the Webster’s online dictionary, as in other dictionaries, describes marriage as: The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony.
An article by Rev Tyrone Queen, Pastor, Oakland Baptist Church, states: “ The Bible frankly commends sexual expression between a woman and a man in marriage, while consistently condemning homosexual behavior in both the Old and New Testaments (see Gen. 2:22-24; Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:26-28). ”
The article goes on: “These are a few reasons why traditional marriage should be protected from the current attempts to promote same-sex "marriages." While the benefits of traditional marriage and family have contributed to the health and strength of our country, same-sex "marriage" advocates have not proven it will not harm the traditionally family unit.”
A response from California Attorney General, Bill Lockyer to the argument that denial of same sex marriage was a denial of fundamental rights was: "Rights are considered fundamental only if they are deeply rooted and firmly entrenched in our state's history and tradition. There is simply no deeply rooted tradition of same-sex marriage in California or in any other state."
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