What is marriage?

It seems to me that the heart of this issue isn’t so much about equality, but about how we as a civilization define marriage.

To me, marriage is a mutually loving relationship between a man and a woman; they provide support for each other economically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. They provide the same support for any children that they bring into the world or choose to adopt. As parents, they also provide role models for their children on how to become a happy, successful adult who knows how to interact with others in society. Parents model appropriate behavior, teaching their children how to act in a loving relationship to family members and a future spouse.

To me, marriage is not only about the relationship between the spouses. It is also about providing stability and support to the rest of the family. Just as I think that every infant who is conceived has a right to be born, I also think that every infant has the right to join a family with both a mother and a father. Children need the influences of both a male and female parent in order to grow up in a truly healthy environment. (For more influence on actual studies that support this, go check out Troy’s blog post about Prop 8.) A gay couple cannot provide this to any children they might adopt. Their marriage cannot bring children into the world, they cannot provide all the nurturing a child needs no matter how hard they try and how loving they are, and many homosexual relationships are less stable than heterosexual ones (again, go check out the stats on Troy’s blog.) How does endorsing gay marriage, then, benefit our society as a whole?

Now I know I define marriage differently than many of you out there. So go ahead, tell me what exactly marriage means to you?

Published in: on October 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. Thanks for the blog. Your comments are very thoughtful and I appreciated them a lot.

    Same-sex mar-riage proponents have been duped…they think they are fighting for equality or love but that is not true and here’s why…

    It seems that prop. 8 isn’t really about love.

    Prop. 8 is about freedom for ALL Americans.
    Some of the biggest pushers on prop. 8 do not care about same-sex relationships, they care about their agenda to hijack our freedoms, including those of same-sex couples.

    If prop. 8 fails it will hurt the freedom of you, me, AND same-sex couples.

    Yes! Prop. 8 is a vote for freedom. There is a better way we can all live together in peace rather than demand freedoms be surrendered.

    Check it out for yourself instead of opinions we need more facts: http://www.ifprop8fails.com, http://www.preservingmarriage.com, and http://www.protectmarriage.com

  2. I agree! prop 8 is for freedom. There is no reason marriage should be redefined for a minority. If there are any legal concerns for same sex couples, they should seek reform there, not a redefinition and encroachment on heterosexual marriage/family.

  3. Proposition 8 is more than same sex marriage its about protecting our sons and daughters from growing up in a world that teaches that being gay or lesbian is just as normal as being straight. I don’t want my sons and daughters being taught as young as five years old in school that it is okay to marry someone of their same sex. It is about the principle of religion. And protecting what God has set up as the correct way to replenish the earth. It is marriage between a Man and a Woman. God set Adam and Eve on earth to have their posterity fill the whole earth. It goes contrary to the laws set up by God himself. I have nothing against gay or lesbian individuals. I believe they can live their life how they please. I am against the teachings that go against the teachings of God. And we must fight to protect God’s holy ordinance of Marriage between one man and one woman.

    Please go to http://www.protectmarriage.com to read more about the benefits of proposition 8.

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