bronx_ marriage_rally_bannerGreat thoughts from D.C. Innes, the associate professor of politics at The King’s College in New York, who attended the traditional marriage rally in the Bronx, NY opposing the plan to make same sex marriage legal in that state.  He tackled the issue of same sex marriage being presented as a civil rights issue dead on.

Advocates of the change present same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue. They ask, if you can, why can’t we? …

But there’s a problem. It’s not marriage. As I enjoyed my first and perhaps final stroll through the Bronx, I searched for a plausible analogy and settled on another unique human relationship: the church. In our society, churches have certain tax advantages over other organizations and a respectability that not every organization has. What homosexuals want is comparable to insurance companies demanding that they too be recognized as churches. This would improve their public image and their bottom line at the same time. There is a surface resemblance, no? Like churches, they have buildings, they bring in money, and they take care of people.

But there’s a problem. They are not churches. There is something essential to a church that does not and cannot happen in an insurance company as an insurance company, namely the worship of God. So, too, there is something essential to marriage that does not and cannot happen in an intimate, homosexual friendship, namely reproduction. Granted, there are heterosexual couples who cannot have children. But that is an accident of nature. In homosexual couples, it is a principle of nature.

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