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Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Gay Marriage Debate Really Isn’t Much of a Debate

I recognize that it is important that the State recognize the institution of marriage. I agree that a marriage between a man and a woman is unique. However, I do not believe that a man and a woman’s marriage has so little intrinsic value that external influences diminish its worth. A union between two people of the same gender does not affect marriages between heterosexual persons.

Politicians, such as Texas State Senator Staples, R-Palestine, and Texas State Representatives Chisum, R.-Pampa, and Talton, R-Pasadena, latch onto such issues as the gay marriage debate for their political gain. A Houston Chronicle article cited Houston City Controller Annise Parker to this effect:

City Controller Annise Parker, the highest-ranking openly gay officeholder in Harris County, said she thinks the amendment is being pushed for political reasons by supporters aiming to gain capital with conservatives.

Gay and lesbian couples, she said, have more at stake.

“For us, it’s about our lives,” she said. “They do it to identify voters, raise money and influence local races.”

However, to people who oppose gay marriage, the issue may not be as simple as demeaning the institution of marriage. In a New York Times Magazine article, Russell Shorto examined cultural conservatives’ reasons for their opposition to gay marriage. Conservative Christians believe that homosexuality is not an innate condition. If homosexuality were inherent, their reasoning goes, “that would mean God had created some people who are damned from birth, morally blackened.” Russell Shorto, “What’s Their Real Problem With Gay Marriage? (It’s the Gay Part),” The New York Times Magazine, June 19, 2005 at 34.

If Conservative Christians interpret the bible as saying that people are damned because of their sexual orientation, I don’t suppose there is any arguing with that. Maybe when their religious beliefs become more progressive, Conservative Christians will not believe that homosexuals are damned. Wasn’t the bible at one time interpreted as condoning slavery?


  • Social conservatives would still hate gays if Jesus came down from Heaven and said that he liked gay people.

    Social conservatives always need a bad guy to blame for stuff. Gay-baiting is just the latest example of this.

    By Blogger Thomas, at 10:16 PM, June 29, 2005  

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