SAME SEX MARRIAGES.

2012-05-24 11:20

The recent call by traditional leaders to lawmakers to remove a clause in the country’s constitution that protects gays and lesbians against discrimination based on sexual orientation have once again brought this subject to the fore.

Before I start my discussion on this contentious issue, I would like to make it clear that I am not homophobic nor am I trying to promote homophobia.

Individuals in support of homosexuality, lesbianism and same sex marriages claim that granting them rights is their constitutional right and has no effect on anyone. They suitably forget those who do not have a voice: the children. Imagine a gay couple adopting or having a child through a surrogate mother. Can two men or two women understand the physical and biological needs of the child? Is there a more clear birth right for a child than to have a mother, a father and a natural family?

The desire of men and women for each other is a natural desire or urge, which needs to be fulfilled. If it is left unfulfilled, it will be a source of disruption in society. For this reason the institution of Marriage has been recognized. Marriage is a socially sanctioned union, between a man and a woman, in this bond called husband and wife. Naturally they form a family, socially, a household, which often extends biologically, through children.

Moreover, marriage is universally recognised between a man and a woman, not between a man and a man or between a woman and a woman. Marriage does not mean sexual enjoyment only but also the creation of a new life (family) on safe, pure and natural foundations. Therefore, extending marriage to homosexual or lesbian couples undermines the true meaning of marriage.

Protecting the traditional heterosexual marriage and the family is the right way to end this contentious issue. Abandoning the tried and true configuration of man to woman as the best foundation for a family is a serious mistake. It is the complement of male and female physically, bio-chemically, psycho-socially - that makes marriage unique. These elements cannot be duplicated in same-sex relationships and the reality is that such “unions” are very different from marriage. Throughout history the family has been the essential foundation of every successful society, and is recognized as the natural and fundamental group unit of society - entitled to protection by the society and the State.

Human rights should not be extended to include human destruction. Homosexuals, lesbians and same- sex marriages infringes on the rights of women, marriage, family, pregnancy, and progeny. The real meaning of human rights is protecting the oppressed, weak and the disadvantaged against injustices and inequalities.

While same sex couples have various options against discrimination, what option does a child have? None! A same sex marriage takes away the rights of children who cannot possibly defend themselves. Can proponents of same sex marriages claim that children don’t have rights and thereby allow discrimination against them? Children are our future and hope and deserve our full protection against perversion, pornography, discrimination and abuse. Strong and healthy heterosexual marriages based upon the foundation of the family are in a sense everyone’s concern.

One cannot deny that there are people in our communities that are involved in same sex relationships and need our understanding. We should not hate or discriminate against them, but we need to offer them spiritual guidance, love, counselling and pray for them.

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