The UK is on track to legalise same-sex marriage and on Wednesday France sees its first gay marriage. Like most people who don't think the universe should be set up to accommodate their personal preferences, I see this as a good thing. However, many do not, and their objections are getting louder and more surreal as the tide increasingly turns against them. While it is usually easy and entertaining to refute typical arguments against same-sex marriage, is there any scientific credibility to the view that same-sex marriage should not be allowed?
The Secular Case Against Gay Marriage
The Top Arguments for and Against Same-Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court | HuffPost
About Follow Donate. The debate over same-sex marriage in the United States is a contentious one, and advocates on both sides continue to work hard to make their voices heard. Santorum is also the author of the book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good , in which he makes the case for promoting families anchored by a married mother and father. A counterargument explaining the case for same-sex marriage is made by Jonathan Rauch, a senior writer at The National Journal. Gay rights advocates and others say that gay and lesbian people want to get married for the same reasons that straight people do — they want to be in caring, stable relationships, they want to build a life and even start a family with someone else.
The strongest argument against same-sex marriage: traditional marriage is in the public interest
In , the Australian government legislated to prohibit 'gay marriage'; the religious right had lobbied vigorously for passage of this legislation. Drawing on Durkheim's theory of sacred and profane, this paper examines the argument proffered by right-wing Christians that allowing legalised unions between lesbians and between gay men would seriously undermine the institution of marriage and the family. Claims about the spectre of gays and lesbians marrying reveal a deeper unease about the status of heterosexual marriage and the nuclear family. These concerns, in turn, house a deeper unease about the nature and place of masculinity in contemporary Australian society. This disquiet about masculinity and masculine authority is isomorphic with concerns about challenges to the notion of an objective epistemological order.
The Republican Party as a whole is against gay marriage, and faces much opposition because of this belief. This article attempts to explain those arguments against gay marriage in an unbiased and fact-based way. For those who argue that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional, it is important to note that the Constitution does not prohibit the government from controlling the institution of marriage, or restricting marriage to being between a man and a woman, in any sense. Marriage as an institution exists for the specific purpose of child rearing; a purpose that same sex couples cannot carry out biologically, and which studies suggest they are less equipped to carry out emotionally. It is through children alone that sexual relations become of importance to society, and worthy to be taken cognizance of by a legal institution.