“We need to protect marriage.” The word “protect” implies that gay people are a threat to the institution of marriage.
To imply that including same-sex couples within the definition of marriage will somehow be detrimental or even destructive for the institution is to suggest gay people must be inherently poisonous.
” By this logic, what reason is there to provide any minority equal civil rights? “Public opinion polls show most people are against gay marriage.” A petition by the Coalition for Marriage claimed to have 600,000 signatures in opposition to gay marriage in the UK.
It should come as no surprise that the directors of the organisation are religious and manipulation of the results was easy.
Arguments based on “traditional family” will always be insulting, not just to the healthy, well-adjusted children of gay couples, but to the children raised by single parents, step-parents, grandparents, godparents, foster parents, and siblings. “No one has the right to redefine marriage.” Tell that to Henry VIII.
When marriage is a civil, legal institution of the state, the citizenship has a right to redefine marriage in accordance with established equality laws. “The minority should not have the right to dictate to the majority.” Asking to be included within marriage laws is certainly not equivalent to imposing gay marriage on the majority.
May I refer him to the elderly or infertile straight couples who cannot produce children? “But studies have shown heterosexual parents are better for children.” No, they have not.
If a complementary relationship hinges on procreative sex, are these relationships unnatural? Dozens of studies have shown gay people to be entirely capable of raising children.
I am a gay man who, when arguing for gay marriage, has been called “lesser”, “unnatural”, “deviant” and “sinful”. I do not believe all opponents of gay marriage are hateful.
In these arguments the love I have for my fiancé has been belittled as just “sex” or only “friendship”. Some have just not been exposed to the right arguments, and so I will demonstrate here that each anti-gay marriage argument ultimately serves to oppress or imply the lesser status of the minority of which I am a part.