J. Warner Wallace of Stand to Reason made some excellent points about the role of government in same-sex relationships. These are very useful to help frame the argument against the government recognition of “same-sex marriage.”
Government has three options with respect to a given behavior:
1. Prohibit – Disallow it and punish offenders.
2. Permit – Allow it, but don’t offer incentives for it.
3. Promote – Actively encourage it via recognition and/or incentives.
Even though same-sex activity causes various societal problems (e.g., according to the CDC, gay men have HIV and Syphilis rates greater than 40 times the average), it isn’t practical or desirable to think that government could completely or closely monitor or prevent those relationships.
But should government promote this behavior via recognizing “same-sex marriage” and conferring benefits upon them? No.
For the government to get involved in relationships there has to be an important reason. They have been involved in real marriages because by nature and design children are created by those units and they are the only relationships that can provide a mother and a father to children. Countless studies show this as the ideal, so the government has good reasons to encourage their stability. Nearly all the men I’ve met doing prison ministry had absent or poor fathers.
Please note that I didn’t say that they must produce children, only that children are always produced by one man and one woman. It is sad how many times Liberals trot out that straw man. And again, only those relationships can provide a mother and a father to a child. Deliberately denying this to a child is cruel.
While it may be logical at this point to permit but not prohibit these relationships, there are no good reasons to promote them. None. And there are many good reasons not to promote SSM: The erosion of free speech and religious freedom and the damage done to children. Despite what the fools presenting to the Supreme Court on Prop 8 claim, children do deserve to have a mother and a father.