Gay Marriage


Fear, Ignorance, or Prejudice Never Settles a Question


Are there drastic differences between gays and heterosexuals? One would think not; as a matter of fact, there is only one basic difference: sexual orientation. Yet, this single element entails a measure of physiological, emotional, and psychological divergence in human behavior. As a result, gay marriage has led to social, political, cultural, and religious trauma for both heterosexuals and homosexuals.

If there can be today a more divisive political issue than abortion, gay marriage is that issue. As abominable as many view abortion, at least the procedure is kept away from our view; it is something that takes place behind closed doors. Not so with gays wanting to get married. For many, it is bad enough to see gays coming out of the closet to hold hands and kiss before our very eyes. The world must be coming to its end, many believe, on account of a gay surge in American society.

How do we cope with this surge and how threatening is it to our very lives and to the moral and political foundation of our society? Is our refusal to accept different sexual orientation in marriage the outcome of fear, ignorance, and prejudice on our part? Or is there something more sinister—or perhaps significant—behind our attitudes? These two chapters will aid in the discussion.