By: Guest Authors
by: Fauna Gille
The decision of the California Supreme Court to redefine the definition of marriage is a radical and revealing one. In the history of mankind, marriage has meant one thing: the union of a man and a woman. Every society and every religion has defined it as such. But now, amazingly, four judges on the California Supreme Court are changing society as we know it by redefining marriage. And it will change society; if a state as large and as socially progressive as California recognizes homosexual marriage, itâ€™s only a matter of time before the rest of the states follow suit. And once this happens, gay marriage is here to stay.
There are so many new and interesting scenarios that will come out of this decision. From now on, marriage means the union of a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, or a man and a man. We will now ask children if they want to marry a girl or a boyâ€¦ as if either choice is equally popular and natural.
To assume that children would want to marry the opposite sex will now be looked down upon – in fact, we should prepare ourselves for a new wave of hate crime litigation! And ponder this: if a gay or lesbian couple with a child divorces and both parties re-marry, the child will now have four mothers or four fathers. Is that healthy for a child? To quote Woody Allen in Manhattan: â€œMost children barely survive one mother!â€
I do have sympathy for gay people. I have gay friends and acquaintances, especially through my work whose environment attracts a large number of gay males. Most of the gay people I know are warm and wonderful individuals. I love and feel for them personally, and yet still do not feel that redefining marriage is the right thing to do.
Many people will argue that if itâ€™s not hurting anyone, why not allow it? But I believe it is hurting people. It is hurting children. For heavens sake, haven’t we created enough problems for our children, namely, our oversexed culture? Do we now want our children to wrestle with their sexual identity at a young age? Isnâ€™t childhood and adolescence confusing enough without trying to figure out if you are attracted to Susie or Billy?
I believe that the more normal gay union becomes, the more children will decide they are gay, and the more gay unions we will have. I firmly believe that some people are born attracted to the same sex. Itâ€™s a part of their nature that they cannot change; my heart goes out to them as they will likely travel a rougher road than the average heterosexual person. But just as some people are born gay, other people choose to be gay, in a large part through the influence of society.
Just look at the rise in bisexuality, and tell me that people are born bisexual. I donâ€™t think so! I do not believe that people are born attracted to both the same and the opposite sex and that they cannot be fulfilled without having sexual relations with both. I think that bisexuality is the product of societal influences. Take the GLBT (Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgendered) movement. This movement is equating those who choose to be bisexual with those who are gay or lesbian. Some people are born homosexual and cannot help that; they should be treated with the same love, respect, and compassion as any other person. Yet we are making something abnormal and chosen â€“ bisexuality â€“ an equal to homosexuality. And the more it is accepted, the more people will be exploring that type of sexuality as well.
With the redefining of marriage homosexual and heterosexual relations are now equally normal. Fifteen years down the line, I predict a huge rise in homosexual relationships due to the influence of society. Is this a healthy thing? I donâ€™t believe so, but I do believe it is inevitable.
In the time of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle, marriage meant a union between a man and a woman. In the teachings of Abraham, Jesus, and Muhammad, marriage meant the union between a man and a woman. In the society of Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and Dostoyevsky, marriage meant the union between a man and a woman. And in our particularly intelligent era of American Idol and Myspace, marriage has been redefined to mean the union of a man and a woman, a man and a man, or a woman and a woman.
Jesus gave us the Sermon on the Mount and we are giving our children a new definition of marriage.
Thatâ€™s one heck of a gift.
Fauna Gille, Minneapolis, MN