What is it about marriage that gets everyone so upset these days? And what is so wrong about gay marriage? Why can’t marriage be between or two guys or two girls. Well if we’re going to get serious about any of this, we’ve got to define what a marriage is. So what is marriage?
The Oxford Dictionary defines marriage as:
“The formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.” And then it goes on to add: “(In some jurisdictions) a formal union between partners of the same sex.”
But there is more to it than that because marriage is a covenant and a covenant is not the same as a contract or a formalised agreement. Contracts and agreements can be negotiated between the various parties; whereas the terms of a covenant cannot, they are fixed. You either accept the terms of the covenant, or you don’t enter into the covenant.
The covenant of marriage
There are many arguments as to who set out the terms of this covenant, some would say God others nature but marriage is a covenant is set in stone by biological and it cannot be changed. It is a covenant between two who will live together and to build the foundation of a family. It is a promise to be exclusive and stick together through thick and thin. It is between a man and a woman who will come together and share their DNA in the creation of a brand new human life. By definition, gay couples cannot have this and by definition, no act of any government can ever change this.
Look at the simple mechanics of it: To create a baby human it takes an ovum from a woman and sperm from a man, and we put them together and place them in a womb where the fertilized egg will grow into a brand new human life. Two men cannot make a baby. Two women cannot make a baby. It takes one man and one woman to create a baby, no more, no less. At present there is no other way. Science may one day come up with an alternative, but if they do, it will certainly not be natural.
It is true that some couples cannot have children and others choose not to, but I am not to discuss this aspect because it is beside the point. It is this potential of procreation because of the union of man and woman that make it a marriage. No other type of union has that potential. So, in truth, anything else is not marriage and can never be marriage.
What is so wrong about gay marriage? To accept gay marriage you have to redefine marriage and call it something it is not.