One of the big comments that’s thrown at anyone that opposes Same-Sex Marriage is the idea that it would not effect Traditional Marriage at all—or that it only adds to marriage, but does not take anything away from it. The idea is that, if it causes no harm to you personally in your marriage, then you should not oppose it.
The problem is that this is a short-sighted view of the problem, and does not take into account the consequences of this action.
It’s About Acceptance
For a long time I have thought that a big part of the reason that our society has been on this journey from labeling homosexuality a mental illness to now celebrating this deviancy have been about acceptance. We were made to laugh at homosexuals, we were told that they were the same as us, and we have been fed a lot of pseudo-science or science in the pursuit of identifying a gay gene so that there can be justification for an action that a majority of people found to be revolting or at least against nature.
As humans, we do this a lot. If there’s an activity that we behave in or an urge we have, we want acceptance, and we want approval, and the road to accepting a Same-Sex marriage may have pit stops (like property rights, visitation rights, etc.) along the way, but the destination was always moral equality and acceptance.
The Moral Problem
You see, it will never be enough for Same-Sex couples to marry. After that, it will have to be the federal government recognizing the marriage so that they can claim the tax breaks that are involved. Once it’s accepted on the federal level, the equality statutes of the federal Constitution will be invoked to guarantee that churches or people with moral obligations will not be free to discriminate from people they consider deviant in their hiring practices.
If it follows the trend of other countries, pastors could be brought up on charges for preaching against homosexuality, and churches would be refused the right to take out ads talking about what they consider the truth about this destructive practice.
Think It’s Just Me?
In the case of California, there is no difference between the Civil Union under the current law and Marriage except the word. So what’s the difference?
- Legally: None.
- Morally: It carries the weight of acceptance.
We’re dealing with an acceptance issue, not a legal one.