Two authors tried to make a case against gay marriage without using religion.
The case they try to make is about what we all know as “the common good.” Their argument, the common good is hurt by gay marriage.
That argument always has two assumptions. One is that heterosexual marriage is the superior kind. The other that homosexual marriage harms hetero marriage.
We all know the benefits to society in general of marriage. Stable households, care for people in the household that does not require government and so on. But, these arguments apply to both straight and gay marriages. The only argument that doesn’t apply is that having children is in society’s interests and gay couples cannot have children.
We all know many marriages do not result in children. Many unmarried people have children. The argument straight marriage deserves higher ranking because of children should include the case for government benefits going only to straight married couples that have children.
The authors implore readers not to get side tracked with arguments about equality. Equality, they say, should not be raised because the issue of harm to the institution of marriage is more important. It’s easy to see why they do not like the equality argument. It defeats them.
Instead of ducking the truth, these authors and others like them who try to make a common good argument against gay marriage should admit what their game is all about. It’s using the Bible to jusfy gay bashing.