Why Does the State Endorse Marriage?

Following the California Supreme Court decision last week, I posed four questions about Same-Sex Marriage that have generated quite a lot of discussion.  It seems many people are operating on emotion rather than reason on this issue.  Most of us know and like homosexuals, and that can cloud our reasoning.

One of the cloudy areas is the purpose the state endorses marriage. Contrary to what homosexual activists assume, the state doesn’t endorse marriage because people have feelings for one another. The state endorses marriage primarily because of what marriage does for children and in turn society. Society gets nothing positive, and actually gets additional negatives (I’ll explain in another post), by recognizing the relationship of two homosexuals. But the very future of the state and a civilized society depends on committed relationships between heterosexuals. That’s why, regardless of what you think about homosexuality, the two types of relationships should never be legally equated.

I am completing a book on this topic right now, and these short posts may raise more questions than answers.  So for a more detailed response, I thought you might like to hear from a very sound thinker on this topic, Greg Koukl, President of Stand to Reason.  (Greg will be an instructor at our CrossExamined Instructor Academy in August.)  Click here to read his article Same-Sex Marriage:  Challenges and Responses.  I appreciate your feedback on his points.


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