Columnist Genevieve Beenen recently expressed her reasons why homosexual couples should be allowed to marry. I would like to share another perspective with you.

Marriage is one of the most important defining human relationships, going back thousands of years. Almost every society throughout history has acknowledged the division of the sexes. Regardless of how politics change, Christians will always acknowledge that marriage is established by God for the bringing together of 1 man and 1 woman. In the Bible, we learn that God created man and woman to be husband and wife. For those who think Jesus was progay marriage, here is what he said about marriage: “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female. And he said, ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one” (Matthew 19:4). Those who support same-sex marriage are asking society to permanently alter the definition of a family. Our society values the unique values of both males and females to be husbands and wives. One sex cannot replace the other. Marriage is more than a religious institution. It has been present in all civilizations—not just Christian or religious ones. Every society needs men and women to cooperate in founding homes and raising children for the benefit of society as a whole.

Same-sex marriage equality is not the same as racial equality. The restrictions on interracial marriage once practiced in the United States were racist. Marriage has nothing to do with race, but for thousands of years in every civilization, it has had everything to do with male and female. Same-sex marriage would redefine marriage and say that men and women are optional for the family. Unlike race and ethnicity, homosexuality is not an unchangeable characteristic. People with same sex attractions have testified that it is their choice, and many are no longer gay. The acceptance and celebration of homosexuality in our culture makes it confusing and more difficult for people who wish to overcome their same-sex attractions. As an ex-gay friend once told me, “I am more than my sexuality.” He resented being defined by the sexual aspects of his life. When he became a Christian, he began to follow the Bible’s teachings about sexuality. He is now married (to a woman) and has children.

At least thirty years of child- development research tells us that children do best when they are raised by a married mother and father. Thus, it is not simply the presence of two parents but the presence of a father and a mother that supports child development. Kids in two-parent mother/father households are less likely to do drugs, engage in violence, experience physical and sexual abuse, and drop out of school. The divorce rate and single parenting rates show us that children struggle without both parents. A recent study compared children raised with gay parents and children raised by heterosexual parents and found that the children raised with gay parents had a much higher rate of divorce, suicide, aggressive behavior, depression, and drug use. There is no research that says that children with gay parents have the same beneficial outcomes that children with heterosexual married parents have.

Jackie Depuis

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