Marriage. We celebrate it, sometimes mourn it, and even argue vehemently over it. Well, that is just what is happening today. No one can agree when it comes to the rights of marriage. Same-sex couples claim it is an unalienable right for them to marry. Opposite-sex couples get married on Friday and divorce on Monday. So what is the big issue? The hot topic these days seems to be the highly controversial issue of same-sex marriage. Should it be legalized? No. Same-sex marriage should not be legalized due to its harmful effects on societal order, the Constitution, and traditional religious values. Many people think that variety is the spice of life, but that is not always necessarily true. Our society thrives on order, the reassurance
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In a recent study put forward by Mark Regnerus, he assessed populations of adults, both who lived in a home with heterosexual parents, and those who lived in a home where either one or both of the parents had been in a same-sex relationship in their lifetime. The results were astounding. A higher percentage of children who had parents with a past same-sex relationship used marijuana, smoked, were arrested and convicted for non-minor offenses, and thought about suicide (Regnerus). Also as a direct result of same-sex parents, children are deprived of either one or the other of their natural parents. When children are raised in a home without a father, the odds of an unhappy life go up. The same goes for a mother’s absence (Bauman). We see that the result of having both parents around not only has effects on the children’s happiness, it also has a fascinating biological and social effect. Girls that grow up without a father are “much more likely to experience early puberty and a teen pregnancy” (“Ten Arguments from Social Science Against Same-Sex Marriage”). In contrast, girls who grew up with an intact family are much less likely to suffer from such things.
Same-Sex marriage also distorts the normal values that each child grows up learning. Marriage has always been between a man and a woman, right? Well, then what happens when you suddenly change the definition and turn it into a “loving, romantic union between