Secular Arguments against Gay Marriage: What are they?
The other day a gay friend of mine and I were talking. We came to a conclusion that was very obvious to us, very quickly. That being—without religion there would be no real objection to gay marriage. By “real”, we meant any form of organized opposition. As foolish as it is to me, religion has, in its own eyes, “real” moral opposition to gay marriage. It is “real” to them anyway. If we take religion out of the equation what is left to oppose gay marriage?
We could only come up with one answer. That homophobia could have a secular foundation in the way that some forms of racism, sexism, etc do. (We did observe that racism, sexism, etc. are all propagated by religions, but can exist independently as well). It would be possible for a person to “dislike” someone who is homosexual simply because they are different than the norm. From this starting point, it would not be hard to take this “dislike” and try to deny that person rights, such as marriage. All of this is possible without religion. There is one problem with this argument though. That type of secular discrimination is not accepted publicly in the U.S. It exists to be sure—but no one enjoys being called racist, sexist, etc. These things are common taboo’s at this point in our history. This type of objection could never mount the strong opposition needed to defeat gay marriage laws. The only justification for them that seems to be acceptable is a biblical one.
When I reflect on this, it really makes me angry. Personally, I support gay marriage. Yet I can’t help but think that its opposition is another way in which religious teaching is being coerced onto government policy. That without religion, we would not even have much of a debate. As a skeptic, this does prompt me to ask the question, “What am I missing?” So my question to you, the atheist internet community, is:
What am I missing? Are there secular arguments against homosexual marriage or homosexuality in general that I have not considered? I would be surprised if there are not. My hypothesis is that they would be as equally absurd as the biblical opposition or even secular discrimination.
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