For thousands of years men and women have been united in marriage globally; but now, the issue of same-sex marriages has arisen. This is an issue that has divided politicians, governments and even everyday citizens. Many countries are now ‘switching the green light’ and legalising same-sex marriages. Australia however, still remains with its ‘red light flashing’, and disapproves the idea of same-sex marriages. I believe that legalising same-sex marriages will ultimately lead to the destruction of families, higher than ever marital issues and create a rift in beliefs.
A recent poll has shown that approximately two thirds of Australians support gay marriage. But do they really know the associated consequences? And why is it so important for homosexual and lesbian couples to hold up their newly crafted marriage certificate and say ‘we’re married’, opposed to simply stating ‘we’re a happy couple’; without a certificate? Think back, way back to when humans were created. Did God genetically create two men, or two women to reproduce? A man and a woman were surely chosen to reproduce and share love for a reason.
This tradition has been carried out for centuries, and it is the reason we are all here today. If the whole world turned gay, how would we reproduce? The world would eventually turn out like a barren wasteland, as no new offspring would be born. Legalising gay marriage may also lead to an exponential growth in same-sex couples seeking the all important marriage certificate. It may even lead to a point in time where straight people are persuaded into joining the ‘gay army’. The next issue that will arise is the difficulties associated with children adopted into same-sex families.
Being different and being the minority will obviously cause a lack in self-confidence, which is linked to bullying. And at some point in the child’s life they are going to ask the question: “where’s mummy? ” or “where’s daddy? ”. Who will take on these crucial parental roles for the child? And are they really ‘fit for the job’? This is where we come back to the ‘traditional’ family; with a mother and a father. For instance: A newly married gay couple consists of say, John and Adam. Now they have both agreed that they wish to adopt a child. Who will become the ‘mother’?
And do they really have any maternal skills that only women possess? Conflict can cause a rift within the family as the couple debate over who will become the father. Further conflict may lead to a break down in the family unit and constant arguments. In Australia, approximately 50,240 divorces occur annually. Now, with the proposed introduction of same-sex marriages we will expect to see these figures skyrocket. Approving same-sex marriages will bring ‘joy’ to some couples, but ‘death’ to others. Some couples may find more than a small commitment to be challenging and it may inflict heavily on their lifestyle.
They may also get to know their ‘real’ partner and dislike their ‘true colours’. The combination of divorcing gay and straight couples will lead to ‘empty-heartedness’ globally. People will begin to suffer more mental illness as a result; such as depression, and or anxiety. The next issue is the potential abuse of the proposed law. Polygamy will eventuate with the introduction of same-sex marriages. Unions of gays may ‘blend’ and develop feelings for one another, this will lead to them possibly having multiple partners of the same-sex.
The mixture of divorces and polygamy will send the world into confusion, clouding our minds like a grey afternoon. Finally, where do we draw the line? Centuries ago you would have been laughed at if you said two men would marry each other. So where does it stop? In one hundred years time will gay marriage be ‘the norm’? Does same-sex marriage contradict religion and beliefs? Some religions, mainly catholic, disapprove of the union of gays all together! So what comes first? Your religion and beliefs; or your marriage? This tough decision is one that will impact your lifestyle significantly.
Legalising gay marriage will ultimately lead to the sanctifying of ‘false’ marriages. Your own specific culture can impact on your decision to marry your gay partner too. Several Middle Eastern and African countries are ‘homophobic’ in a sense; they believe that homosexuality deserves a punishment. If you are seen to be in an intermit relationship with a partner of the same-sex, you may face a fine, life in jail, or even in severe cases; death. To summarise; same-sex marriage clearly has more disadvantages than advantages.
The development of a ‘traditional’ family is impossible, and the parental roles that each parent must fulfil to ensure the proper maturity of their child are too, not an easy feat. Divorce rates and polygamy will ‘soar through the roof’ at a rate never seen before and ‘drawing the line’ on marriages can easily be stretched. Finally same-sex marriages can easily contradict religion and beliefs and you may find yourself in deep trouble! It is for these obvious reasons that same-sex marriages should remain illegal and that the current law should be enforced and retained.