Legalizing Homosexual Marriages

For Better or For Worse?
The legalized marriage of individuals with the same gender is drawing more attention these days. When asked, most people want to avoid the subject of homosexuality altogether or they have a very strong opinion on it. The debate over whether the United States should allow homosexual couples to marry legally is giving rise to a new social dilemma in our country. This question has courtrooms nervous, churches wavering and equal rights activists angry. Courtrooms should be nervous though. “Our courts, which have mishandled abortion, may be on the verge of mishandling homosexual marriages” (Wilson 34). The judges of the Supreme Court of Hawaii might possibly legalize gay marriages in the near future. Once legalized in Hawaii, “gay marriage – like quickie Nevada divorces – will have to be recognized ‘under the full faith and credit clause of the constitution’ throughout the rest of the U.S.” (Krauthammer). Make no mistake about it, however, we must not grant the protection and privileges of legalized marriage to people involved in homosexual relationships. Period!
For clarification purposes, “gay” shall refer to all homosexual people, whether male or female. The definition of “Marriage” is two individuals, bound to each other through a legal union that stresses the rights and obligations of the state of marriage.
If the government legalizes homosexual marriages in Hawaii, homosexual couples will be able to fly to Hawaii, get married, and then return to their home state as a lawfully wedded couple. According to the “full faith and credit clause” in the United States Constitution, states such as Kansas would have to honor these unions. Homosexuality in itself does not seem to be as large of an issue as it used to be. Instead, the legalized marriage of homosexuals is causing all the uneasiness. According to Jet Magazine, in March of 1996, USA Today/CNN did a gallop telephone poll of 1,008 adults and came to some interesting conclusions.
The number of people who believe homosexuality is acceptable has gone up 10 percentage points since 1982 . . . 44 percent of the people surveyed found homosexuality to be acceptable. But, while leading an alternative lifestyle is more acceptable to many, the poll also showed that 68 percent of the respondents think marriages between homosexuals shouldn’t be recognized by law or have the same benefits as traditional marriages (8).
These respondents were all adults, but what about children? How are they affected?
Children are our nation’s most valuable assets. It is one thing to be born into a heterosexual family, and then many years later find out that one of the parents is homosexual. It is considerably different to be adopted as an infant and learn from the beginning years that drastic differences exist between most other children and yourself. The long-term effect on children in these circumstances is still a very new area of research, so there is not much data available. However, “we know that young children tease one another unmercifully; adding this dimension does not seem to be a step in the right direction” (Wilson 38).
Adoption of children by gay couples is an area where homosexuals believe they can make significant strides in their struggle to legalize homosexual marriage. Gay rights activists are starting to focus their attention on the family itself, specifically, the rearing of children as a means to their marriage goals. Courts are beginning to make some controversial decisions regarding this issue. Some state courts have ordered society to place children, caught in the middle of a custody dispute, with their homosexual parent instead of their heterosexual one. Lesbian couples are having themselves artificially inseminated with the semen of a homosexual male friend in exchange for handing over to him a second child.
Homosexuals also claim that most child molestation cases involve heterosexuals. These claims, however, are misleading. It is true that heterosexuals commit most molestation but that is because most of the population is heterosexual. “Even though homosexuals represent less than 3% of the U.S. population, at least one-third of all child molestation involves homosexual activity” (Knight 194)
Legalizing homosexual marriages sends out a wrong message to our children, letting them know that a male-female marriage is not their only option. In addition, since a gay couple cannot produce a child of its own resources -