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June 16, 2011
Ten Reasons to Oppose
By Mike McManus
The New York Legislature is
close to voting for same-sex marriage. When my home state of Maryland
considered legalizing “same-sex marriage,” as President of Marriage
Savers, I testified against it and wrote a letter to legislators
detailing ten reasons to oppose it:
Gays are not interested in
marriage. Massachusetts was
the first state to adopt gay
marriage in 2004. However, there’ve been
only 12,000 same-sex unions. According to the Centers for Disease
Control, 4% of men are gay and 1% of women are lesbian. Thus, of the
state’s 3.3 million males, there are 132,000 gay men, plus 33,000
lesbians. Only 14% of the 165,000 have “married” and 86% chose not to
do so. Clearly, most are not interested in marriage.
Why should the definition
of marriage be changed when less than a tenth of 2% of the population
wants to force that change?
In all 30 states that have added constitutional amendments limiting
marriage to the union of one man and one woman, traditional marriage has
always been upheld by referenda, even in California, which voted for
Obama over McCain by 24%.
Children need a mother and
father. The healthiest
children are those reared by a married mother and father. “Marriage is
the union of a husband and wife for a reason: these are the only unions
that can make new life and connect children in love to their mom and
dad,” says Maggie Gallagher, President of National Organization for
Traditional marriage is exclusive; gay unions are not.
According to Dr. Brad
Wilcox of the National Marriage Project, lifetime infidelity dropped in
the 2000s to 16% for males and 10% for females. By contrast, according
to the San Francisco Chronicle, the number of male partners of a
homosexual was four per month. Is that a healthy environment in
which to raise children? Some argue that gay marriage would reduce
promiscuity, but two-thirds report sex outside the marriage in the first
that passed same-sex marriage are rescinding them.
Legislature voted for same-sex marriage in 2009, Maine voters repealed
the law. Subsequently, two dozen state legislators who voted for it
were defeated in 2010.
men are 4% of the population but account for half of all new HIV
infections and 85% of syphilis cases.
According to the CDC, men having sex with men (MSM) account for 48% of
the one million people living with HIV, (532,000), 53% of new HIV
infections are increasing only in gay men, while decreasing among
heterosexuals and drug users.
MSM are the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections have
been increasing since the early 1990s.
men are banned from donating blood due to the likelihood they will
transmit HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
A lifetime ban has been imposed by all collectors of blood on gay men to
protect America’s blood supply.
Gay sex is
a choice, and one with taxpayer consequences.
testifying against same-sex marriage spent years in the gay lifestyle,
but changed to a heterosexual orientation and have been happily married
for years. If same-sex marriage is legalized, more people will be lured
into this unhealthy lifestyle. A 20-year-old gay has a 50% chance of
becoming HIV positive. Many gays will seek Medicaid to cover costs of
deteriorating health. It is not in the interest of taxpayers to induce
more people into this destructive, costly lifestyle.
Gay men live 20 years shorter lives than heterosexuals,
according to the only epidemiological study to date. A tenth of sexually
active teens are experimenting with same-sex unions, reports a New York
City study, published in the journal Pediatrics. Why
encourage more teens to experiment with this destructive life style?
In summary, unlike heterosexual marriage in which fidelity is
the norm for four out of
five couples, promiscuity is the norm for homosexuals, even those in
committed relationships. Only a tenth of gays marry if given the legal
opportunity to do so. Most are not interested in marrying .
If they aren’t interested, why force a change in the
definition of marriage to benefit a tenth of 2% of the population? It
will only encourage more sexual experimentation among young people with
tragic consequences. They will live 20 years shorter lives.
For children to thrive, they need to grow up in
homes with a married mother and father. In his 1828 American
Dictionary, Noah Webster defined marriage as the “act of uniting
a man and a woman for life,” because marriage “was instituted …for
the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes,
for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance
and education of children.”