An essay by Albert Mohler of a Southern Baptist Seminary tries to hide his prejudice against gay people. The source of his argument against gay marriage is a man I debated a while back in Fargo, Ryan P. Anderson. Mohler claims Anderson has a powerful societal case to be made for religious people rejecting gay couples from renting apartments, eating in restaurants and having access to pension plans and other benefits of marriage. These practices of discrimination are not mentioned in his essay but are waiting in the wings.
Although he may have shifted his argument by now, what Johnson said in Fargo and in his book was there is a society-wide benefit from children. Without them society will not survive. The purpose of marriage, he said, is to produce children. Since gay people are not biologically equipped to have children government should prevent them from marrying.
He did not mention it is just as easy to have a pregnancy outside a marriage as it is inside a marriage. When someone in the audience asked him about couples who marry and do not have children he side stepped the issue by saying, “There are those who marry and, sadly, are unable to produce children. They deserve our sympathy and must be allowed to remain married.”
Balderdash. We all know married couples who do not want children and old people who marry. The religious right is desperate for an argument to justify discrimination against gay people.
They don’t have one yet.