Another Gay Marriage NoteFrom the Exodus Media Synopsis Blog, I found this article by Bishop Fred Henry in Calgary. The article talks about a few things, but I specifically wanted to address his statements about marriage and gay marriage.
In the article the Bishop says, "By virtue of nature itself, marriage is a union of a man and a woman with an inherent capacity of bringing children into the world." This claim, of course is absurd. Marriage is and always has been a creation of man. Nature and marriage have nothing to do with one another, and to claim that marriage is a creation of nature rather than a social construct is simply deceptive.
He goes on to say:
"It is not unjust, or a limitation of anyone's legitimate rights and freedoms, to insist that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman. If one were refused such positions because of race, or religion, or ethnic background, or something not related to the nature of the reality at issue, then that would indeed be an injustice and a denial of individual rights.
If, however, one were refused because one excludes basic elements of the role itself, that is not in any way an injustice. "
The last sentence here points out the fallacy of this second claim. His argument is that gays cannot be married because they are unable to produce children. But, there are definite groups of people that also are unable to produce children but are still allowed to marry--the elderly, for example. According to the logic of the Bishop, it would perfectly reasonable to deny marriage to the elderly because by their very nature (their age) they are unable to produce offspring.
This is not to mention how similar this type of arguments sounds to the argument of interracial marriage just a few decades back.
As much as this Bishop and so many others hate to admit it, they are trying to justify their own prejudice rather than address them outright. Rather than taking a deep look at the relationships that gays actually form with their partners--relationships based in love, caring, happiness, etc., the Bishop has hooked on one issue. To admit that gay relationships have everything that straight relationships have rather than just referring to gay people as being "intrinsically disordered," would be to discount his whole worldview. I guess it's just too much to ask, though, to have someone like the Bishop admit that gay couples do have the same type of bond as any other couple in the world. He probably realizes he wouldn't have a leg to stand on at that point, so he'd rather make up a concocted idea that marriage was born of nature rather than of man.