” By this logic, what reason is there to provide any minority equal civil rights? “Public opinion polls show most people are against gay marriage.” A petition by the Coalition for Marriage claimed to have 600,000 signatures in opposition to gay marriage in the UK.
“We need to protect marriage.” The word “protect” implies that gay people are a threat to the institution of marriage.
To imply that including same-sex couples within the definition of marriage will somehow be detrimental or even destructive for the institution is to suggest gay people must be inherently poisonous.
I would ask them to stop focusing on my genitals, and start paying attention to my humanity. “Gay marriage will confuse the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’, or ‘mother and ‘father’.” Another form of the previous argument. “Gay people cannot have children and so should not be allowed to marry.” The Archbishop of York John Sentamu used a barely disguised version of this argument in a piece for the when he referred to “the complementary nature of men and women”.
It is not hard but I’ll say it slowly just in case … as “husbands”, and married women will refer to themselves … Male parents will be “fathers” and female parents will both be “mothers”. He is insinuating, of course, that homosexual relationships are not complementary by nature because they cannot produce offspring, and therefore they are unnatural and undeserving of the word “marriage”.
Sometimes, the even more disingenuous will reference studies [PDF] which do not even acknowledge gay parents.
Same-sex parents are simply presumed by biased researchers to be equivalent to single parents and step-parents, and therefore use the data interchangeably, which as anyone with an ounce of scientific literacy knows is not the way such studies work.Even if most people were against gay marriage, which polls consistently show is not the case, majority will is no justification for the exclusion of a minority. “Why is it so important for gay people to have marriage?” For the same reason it is important to straight people. ” Should women have compromised their right to vote?Our relationships are just as loving and valid as heterosexual relationships, but our current marriage laws suggest it is not. ” To turn the argument on its head, one simply has to ask why society feels the need to segregate our rights from those of heterosexuals. One does not compromise equal rights otherwise they are not equal rights. “Gay people in the UK already have civil partnerships which provide all the same rights as marriage.” Civil partnerships were born out of politicians pandering to homophobia.We are equally human and we should be treated by the law as such. It has nothing to do with approval, and has everything to do with equality. A step in the right direction, perhaps, but they are a separate form of recognition that reaffirmed society’s wish to keep homosexuals at arm’s length should we somehow “diminish” true marriage. Furthermore, I have been told it is offensive to brand such remarks “bigoted”, and that I am the bully.In rallying against the introduction of equal marriage, religious campaigners have frequently stressed that their objections are not driven by homophobia, and have deployed numerous arguments to demonstrate this.The Office for National Statistics shows how civil, non-religious marriage made up 68 per cent of all marriages in the UK during 2010.Let us not forget matrimony existed long before Jehovah was even a word you weren’t allowed to say. “Marriage has always been a bond between one man and one woman.” This declaration ignores the legally married gay couples in Canada, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Belgium, Netherlands, and South Africa.While we must look closely to spot the homophobia inherent in some arguments against gay marriage, with others the prejudice is barely disguised at all. “I am concerned about the impact gay marriage will have on society/schools.” There is no here, only prejudice.We can conclude this because there is absolutely no evidence to suggest gay marriage will harm society.