Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Gay Marriage Update

One of the purposes of this blog is to provide background to current news or issues, to give you information not usually published in the mainstream media. You may agree or disagree with what is presented, but at least you will be better informed on the subject. In this posting I want to give some background on the subject of same-sex marriage, an issue that is emotional and volatile.

Those opposed to same-sex marriage are often portrayed as hateful bigots and homophobes, mindlessly opposing a right that is long overdue. However, there is some rationale behind opposition to same-sex marriage, as we can see from the following article, which explains that the issue has ramifications well beyond the gay community:

In a Newsweek article last March, polygamist Mark Henkel explained the basis of his argument for “polygamist rights”: If Heather can have two mommies, she should also be able to have two mommies and a daddy.

At the time, even gay activists scoffed at the premise. But as family scholar Elizabeth Marquardt explains in an op-ed for the New York Times, the courts are redefining parenthood in a way that makes the legal acceptance of that argument all but inevitable.

On April 30, a Pennsylvania Superior Court panel made history by becoming the first court in the United States to rule that a child can have three legal parents. The case involved two lesbians who were the legal co-parents of two children conceived with sperm donated by a friend. The panel held that the sperm donor and both women were all obligated to financially support the child and were all equally entitled to visitation. By ruling that a child can legally have three parents, the court not only severed the legal ties between biology and parenthood, but provided a basis for the legal recognition of polygamous marriage.

“If more children are granted three legal parents, what is our rationale for denying these families the right and protections of marriage?” asks Marquardt. “America, get ready for the group-marriage debate.”

By Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. From The Pastor’s Weekly Briefing, July 19, 2007. © 2007, Focus on the Family, All rights reserved.

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