Column on homosexual marriage was wrong
July 6, 2013 at 2:06 a.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
In response to Revelations: Gay marriage doesn't hurt the church:
I disagree with Ms. Preyss' promotion of homosexual marriage.
She states, "As a Christian, I'm very aware the gay marriage debate isn't about sin or morality." Yet, St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 to not be deceived, that neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor practicing homosexuals will inherit the Kingdom of God. For Christians abiding by the Bible, homosexual marriage does involve sin, as Paul calls homosexual acts sinful. Thus, promoting homosexual acts does harm the body of Christ, the church.
However, I agree with Jennifer's point that the "Bible says" argument doesn't apply for everyone - ironically, even for some of today's Christian pastors and religion reporters! For nonbelievers, it's understandable that Bible arguments are less convincing. However, if one looks at human nature and the purpose of marriage, obstacles to homosexual marriage still abound.
Homosexuals have the right to live the way they choose, but they don't have a right to redefine marriage. Marriage exists for the betterment of spouses as well as the raising of children. Also, it's the only institution that gives a child a relationship with his father and mother. Children by nature have the right to have a mother and a father. Homosexual marriage denies that right and focuses instead on the desires of adults.
Furthermore, homosexuals cannot by nature conceive children. When two men adopt or employ a surrogate mother, the child is deprived of a relationship with a mother. It's by nature's design that the child needs male and female parents for bonding, to learn how to interact with both sexes and because males and females parent differently.
Some argue they would rather see children with two women than two abusive, married heterosexuals. I would rather see children with a loving mom and dad rather than abusive heterosexuals or abusive homosexuals. Promoting lesbian marriage neglects the role of fathers in children's lives. Also, two men raising children devalues the role of women in children's lives.
Christians and those who believe in the natural law must advocate for children's rights and for the family and not keep silent.
Mary Ann Wenske, Moulton