Yep you read the title correctly. As an American I fully believe and support all those who are out there in favor of equal rights. America was created on the idea that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights and I don’t know of anyone, with regards to the gay marriage issue, who would disagree with that or try to prevent one set of individuals from having the same rights as any other set of individuals… But that’s the thing isn’t it, we are individuals and are guaranteed individual rights under the Constitution.
So how can I claim to be “pro-marriage equality”? well just as all human beings deserve equal rights for being created equal, I firmly believe that all marriages that are equal should be treated equally… but there in which lies the question.
Is a gay marriage equal to a traditional marriage from the stand point of the entity which is granting rights, in this case the United States government?
Well in both cases 2 people are publicly declaring their undying love for each other, that’s equal right? Yes, but that is irrelevant to the question. The government has no reason to care if you love each other. The government is there to look out for the best interests of the country to serves. What it should be concerned about is whether or not a marriage has the potential to serve the best interests of the country.
On numerous accounts healthy, traditional marriages have been shown to provide a wide variety of benefits to society and the people involved in the marriage. It is for these reasons that a government should have an interest in promoting traditional marriages and historically it has through DOMA and by providing grants for relationship education.
On the other hand, while some less than credible studies have shown that homosexual unions are just as good for children as heterosexual marriages the New Family Structures Study by Mark Regnerus says otherwise. To be clear, this study does not show a causation correlation between homosexual parents and dysfunctional children, but rather that, by and large, homosexual couples often have other issues which negatively affect a child’s development. In other words, gay couples don’t cause children to be dysfunctional simply because they are gay, but children raised in gay homes often are dysfunctional because gay parents are often engaging in negative activities like drug use or criminal actions, for example.
Note: I am not trying to imply that all gay people are criminals or druggies but the study has shown that there is a high number of homosexual parents with criminal records.
To recap, the issue at hand is not one of an individual’s equal rights, it is about the equality of unions and the distribution of benefits to them. Furthermore, homo and heterosexual unions have not been shown to be equal to one another regarding the issues of concern to the government and so until such a time that they can be deemed equal in terms of how the participants and society are benefited by the union, I see no reason for the government to give the 2 equal status.
Final note: While the one example I went into was that regarding the raising of children I want to be sure to add that this is not the only way in which homo and heterosexual couples have not been shown to be equal but is the one with the most timely study.