Friday, March 18, 2011

Defense of Marriage?

Some have religious or philosphical objectuions to homosexual acts. I get that. I think they're profoundly wrong, but I get it.

However, I'm thoroughly flummoxed by how recognizing equal civil rights for homosexuals, including the right to marry, threatens heterosexual marriages. Are heterosexual marriages so weak that spouses will leave their heterosexual marriages in droves if they have the legal option to marry someone of their own gender? It seems unlikely.

"God hates fags" is not an answer. Not even for well-taught, fundamentalist Christians. They're taught that we're all sinners and must all hate the sin but love the sinner. In my view, "God hates fags" profanes G-d's holy name.

Arguments that claim homosexual marriage is at the top of a slippery slope leading to incest, pederasty and buggery are so silly, they merit little refutation beyond this:

The comparison is demogoguery --- simply a contemptible appeal to mindless bigotry.

So, could someone thoughtful person who believes opposition to homosexual marriage somehow "defends" marriage please explain.

It's a limited question. I'm not looking for an explanation of why some think homosexual marriage is wrong. As I said, I get why some believe that. I'm looking for an explanation of how that opposition "defends marriage."