Defense of Traditional Marriage — A Rational Approach

It is obvious that there is a consistent attack on traditional marriage.  The news media, the entertainment industry, and even some churches are pushing in that direction. Popular TV shows like Brothers and Sisters and Desperate Housewives treat same sex unions as normal and imply that to grant them legal status as marriage would be the logical thing to do.  In fact, those who support traditional marriage between a man and a woman are now commonly referred to has “haters” and “bigots.”   Well, if that is the what a person is who favors the traditional biblical definition of marriage then I suppose that describes me and possibly you as well.  Jesus said: “Haven’t you read,” …, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matt. 19:4-6)

Well, on the surface it may appear that proponents of traditional marriage have no rational basis for their position.  But, the fact is that there is ample justification for retaining the traditional definition of marriage along with it’s privileged legal and social status.  And this apart from any appeal to religious doctrines or traditions!  The following is a link to a scholarly article that appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.   I believe that you will agree with me that it makes a powerful and persuasive case for preserving marriage as it has been defined and observed traditionally.  Further, that broadening the understanding of marriage to include same-sex couples would do irreparable harm to society.  As always, I am interested in any feedback that you may have.  Here is the link:

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1722155.

Note: Five state governments offer same-sex marriage: MassachusettsConnecticut,IowaVermont, and New Hampshire. In all five cases this has been achieved through legislation or court ruling. As of November 2009, when legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine was defeated by referendum, same-sex marriage had been defeated in all 31 states in which it had been directly put to a popular vote. Thirty states have passed constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage.  Same-sex marriage is recognized only at the state level, as the federal Defense of Marriage Act explicitly bars federal recognition of such marriages.

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About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church (www.newlife4me.com). Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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