Why would same-sex marriages affect society?

The argument for same-sex marriage is that love should be allowed and recognized so long as it is between two consenting adults. However, based on the experience of other countries that have legalized same-sex marriage1, there are repercussions that extend beyond the two homosexual people who wish to marry. Over time, the original concept of “family” as the institution that sustains society will be lost.2

Gay Marriage Around the World

On 26 June 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex marriage is legal across all 50 states in the U.S.3 Five of the nine court justices voted in favour of the ruling. The U.S. legal decision is the most recent of more than 20 countries and territories that have legalised same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage:
1. Devalues marriage and its significance with regard to procreation. Although homosexual activists campaign for same-sex marriage, monogamy within homosexual marriage, especially amongst male homosexual marriage, is not the norm as the homosexual lifestyle typically involves multiple sex partners (see Qn.9). Procreation is not possible in homosexual relationships.

There is unique value in male and female, each bringing complementary qualities to relationships and sex. When marriage is devalued, societal norms regarding the sanctity of marriage and value of children will be eroded.4

2. Affects children’s well-being. “Father” and “mother”, “male” and “female” will become mere words and will gradually be replaced by “partner” and “parent A and parent B”, robbing children of a true understanding of the complexity and wonder of their gender. In California, the terms “husband” and “wife” have been replaced by “spouse” to accommodate same-sex marriage.5

A 2012 study showed that children raised by same-sex couples are more likely to6:

  • Experience poorer educational attainment
  • Report overall lower levels of happiness and health
  • Have impulsive behaviour, suffer from depression &/or recently thought of suicide
  • Be in counselling or mental health therapy
  • Identify themselves as bisexual, lesbian or gay, or asexual (for females with lesbian parents)
  • Have same-sex partners and currently be involved in a same-sex romantic relationship
  • Be unmarried and much more likely to cohabit
  • Be unfaithful in married or cohabiting relationships
  • Have a sexually transmitted infection
  • Be sexually molested
2. Glenn T. Stanton and Bill Maier, Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting (Illinois InterVarsity Press, 2004)
3. Dan Roberts and Sabrina Siddiqui, Gay marriage declared legal across the US in historic supreme court ruling (The Guardian, 26 June 2015)
4. Mathew D. Staver, Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk (Tennesse Broadman & Holman, 2004)
6. Mark Regnerus, How Different are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study (Social Science Research, 2012, Vol 41(4), pp 752-770)