In response to North Carolina’s referendum decision to ban gay marriage, many pro-gay activists have taken to the world of social networking to get people (especially young people) fired up about their cause. For days, we had to endure a mindless barrage of photos and graphics degrading people for opposing gay marriage. But when someone posted a video that said, in the title, that banning gay marriage is “Legalizing Hate,” I finally decided enough was enough.
Let me make something abundantly clear: I do not hate gay people!
I don’t! My friends don’t. My church doesn’t. My family doesn’t. And yet we don’t think a man should be able to marry a man, or a woman a woman. It’s not a question of “hate” vs. “love.” It’s a question of limits.
The basic argument in favor of same-sex marriage is “If two people are happy together, who are we to keep them apart?”
My response: If people are happy marrying their brothers and sisters, are we to accept that too? What about polygamy? What about pedophilia? And no, I’m not equating homosexuality to any of those things, and I’m not using a “slippery slope” argument. I’m simply asking those who support gay rights if they fully understand the ramifications of their logic.
You have to accept things like pedophilia or polygamy or incest as acceptable if everybody’s happy in the situation. It’s a natural extension of pro-gay logic – that is, the only force in our society that should control the institution of marriage is “who’s happy with whom.”
Ok, so how is this not “slippery slope?” First, for those of you who don’t know, “slippery slope” is a logic fallacy which occurs when somebody takes their argument to an impossible extreme to justify it. That’d be like me saying “If you make gay marriage legal, everyone will become gay.” It’s simply not true!
My argument is different. It represents a logical extension (not a factually false hyperbole) of making “whatever makes you happy” the defining line for marriage in this country.
That’s not a solid basis for any law, and especially not one for homosexual marriage.
If any of you have anything you’d like to add, I’d encourage you to comment below. I want to make this post more of a sort of message board where we can debate this issue in a logical fashion. Before participating, if any of you are friends with Dan Resler on Facebook, go look at the comment chain we have going on the “Legalizing Hate” video he posted, it’s really pretty interesting!