by Jeff Buchanan
Exodus International believes… that the health of individuals, children and our culture is intimately linked to the well being of natural marriage and its biblical intention — a sacred, legal, and social union ordained by God to be a life-long, sexually exclusive relationship between one man and one woman.
Marriage is always about more than just two people.
Many believe that marriage is simply about two individual’s affection for one another, but it affects families, communities and the church as well as the well-being of a nation. Historically, marriage has always been measured and elevated by its long-term social contributions to the next generation and to society. We cannot ignore the needs of the next generation and the welfare of society in order to accommodate the wishes of one segment of society.
Over the years, the evidence relied upon by legal scholars concerning “civil rights” protection requires several factors. Those factors include immutable characteristics such as race, gender and disabilities along with widespread pattern and documentation of discrimination because of these immutable characteristics. Furthermore, there must be overwhelming evidence of financial disenfranchisement of these groups as well.
Equating homosexual partnerships with heterosexual marriage sends the wrong message to those who are confused and questioning their sexuality.
Exodus International counsels thousands of individuals coming to us for help each year who are confused about their sexual identity as well as healthy sexuality. As people overcoming homosexuality, we know by experience that heterosexual and homosexual relationships are vastly different. Telling men and women struggling with their sexual identity that it is the same will only further add to their confusion, misunderstanding of sexuality and for
some, their sense of desperation.
We spend millions of dollars on resources that articulate the differences between men and women. The book Men are from Mars, Women from Venus is only one example of the many ways we seek to understand the differences between the sexes. It is ignorant, at best, to say that there is no difference between heterosexual and homosexual relationships when obviously each sex and each individual bring dynamic differences to any relationship.
For us, life as homosexuals was not a positive experience and homosexual marriage would have only further complicated it.
Had marriage been legal, many formerly gay identified men and women would have chosen it over and over again adding the chaos of legal separation to an already emotionally confusing and devastating experience.
Gay marriage tells children that you don’t need a dad if you have two moms (and vice versa).
That’s a new social math that doesn’t add up for kids. On a public policy level, marriage is ultimately about raising children to secure the stability of society for future generations. More than 10,000 studies have confirmed that children do best when they have a committed mother and father. Growing up is hard enough without intentionally depriving kids of something we know they need — a mom and a dad.
Same-sex marriage does not reflect God’s design for sexuality or for the family.
God created us male and female and each sex completes one another — physically, emotionally or spiritually and sexually. Same-sex partnerships are a distortion of God’s design and declare one component of the union He designed to be unnecessary.
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