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Same-Sex Marriage Reality cannot be changed by redefining it to suit ourselves

Posted on Sepa. 4, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sepp. 4, 2013 at 4:56 p.m.

There is no known culture that made same-sex relationships equivalent of marriage until the past half century, even amongst groups that accept homosexuality. One’s race, gender, or disability does not involve choice. Sexual behavior and relationships are a choice. Therefore, the issue is not the same as basic human rights. Marriage is between a woman and a man; male and female naturally complement each other in a profoundly fundamental way that same-sex relationships can never do.

Same-sex relationships are not marriage in objective reality. No one is calling for denying the rights of people with same-sex attraction. Definitions of real things and relationships between persons are defined by reference to objective reality. Reality cannot be changed by redefining it to suit ourselves. Words have meaning and important consequences.

There are results of making same-sex relationships legally the same as marriage that affect all of us. Once homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender behavior and relationships are legally held to be normal, it will be mandated to be taught that it is normal behavior in public schools and it will become illegal to refuse to do business with those who want to hold a GLBT event. It is already happening elsewhere in other states. Going further, California now has a law permitting transgender students to subjectively decide what gender they are and use any restroom of their choice. And sooner or later it will be a legal hate crime to simply state publicly that GLBT behavior is morally wrong. There is no hate. Telling the truth and loving others is crucial. Love does not obscure reality by blurring real distinctions and fuzzy inclusiveness, but rather seeks truth and living it. Those opposed to calling same-sex relationships “marriage” are simply insisting on reality in words and law.

Roger Schmucker

Goshen



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