Saturday, April 14, 2012

Why not same-sex marriage?

Glenn Stanton, of the American organisation Focus on the Family, says people who would not normally be in favour of same-sex marriage have been manipulated.

Homosexual activists, using focus groups and message testing, realised there was one message that would work better than all the others. The homosexual magazine OUT revealed in the mid-1990s that activists began using the phrases "marriage equality" and "freedom to marry" on the advice of a Los Angeles PR firm, based on how well they believed the expressions would work among heterosexual folk.

"The genius," writes Glenn Stanton, "is that while the average American might not personally like the idea of same-sex 'marriage,' they are hard-pressed to offer meaningful reasons for why it shouldn't be adopted in society. Compound this with the very deliberate and widespread accusation that opposition to same-sex 'marriage' and parenting is tantamount to hate-filled bigotry at its worst and back-woods ignorance at its best. With that gambit, this movement has really accomplished something. Show of hands: Who wants to be seen as hateful or ignorant?

"But here is the truth. Same-sex 'marriage' advocates have largely gained their ground through deception, emotional manipulation and diverting the public's attention away from the thousands of scientific studies that tell us healthy child-development requires the two different models of human parents: mothers and fathers. They have manipulated us by high-jacking civil rights language for their own narrow purposes. And as a result, millions of boys and girls will be subjected to intentionally motherless and fatherless families for no other reason than to fulfill the desires of adults who want such radical homes."

The suggestion that people have not known how to counter the homosexuals' argument is an interesting one. The homosexuals have said "We only want equality. A man and a woman can marry and a same-sex couple can't. That's not fair." And people have not known how to respond.

There are good reasons why marriage law should not be altered to allow same-sex marriage. I'm not going to list them here, because other people have done that already, and done it well. Dr Peter Saunders has given 10 good reasons why the law should not be altered. You can see them here. Have a look for yourself.

Prime Minister David Cameron is insisting same-sex couples be allowed to marry. By deciding to be trendy with the Trendies, he may have done himself and the Conservative Party a profound disservice. It seems clear the majority of Britons don't want marriage law meddled with. A new poll of 154 Conservative MPs found 37 per cent believed that the proposal to redefine marriage will fail, with 22 per cent unsure what the outcome will be. In the few weeks since it was introduced, the petition opposing a change in the law (you can see it here) has attracted 436,000 signatures.

Peter Saunders has written 24 articles on the matter. (You don't have to read them all!) But do read the one on the reasons for the law to remain as it stands. You may find yourself involved in a discussion on same-sex marriage. You wouldn't want not to be able to offer an intelligent contribution to the conversation.