The Bible offers a wide variety of marriage arrangementsmany of which we no longer condone. A marriage and a homosexual relationship are two different kinds of relationships and it is a misuse of civil rights law to use that law to try to blot out the difference between two different kinds of things. Even so, this does not make them the same. There are considerable mental health and wellbeing benefits conferred upon those in the fortunate position of being able to legally marry. Tippett Quarter — Egham, Surrey.
Equal cannot mean to the same intensity or degree.
Why the Argument for Same-Sex Marriage is Not Sound
The antidiscrimination principle is appealed to not in order to show that some married couples have previously been denied the recognition of their marriage. Which means henceforth that there will be no legal basis for restrictions against a homosexual couple obtaining children in any way they choose, for such restrictions would constitute discrimination. The genesis of their families involves the opposite sex in some way, either by way of sperm donation or surrogacy. Likewise, there is no injustice in recognising that a homosexual union can be a committed one in much the same way as a heterosexual one without proposing that there is injustice in treating one relationship as different from the other. Without taking away from the positives that there are in a faithful monogamous, homosexual union, there is, in a heterosexual union, apart from obvious social, phenomenological and physical differences, one very important and fundamental distinction. Marriage is a human right Certainly, the UN Declaration of Human Rights UNHDR asserts that human beings have the right to form families, so to that extent it can be argued that being able to marry and to form families is a human right.
For certain Christian groups to make this the decisive Christian issue is simply a misreading of biblical values. Same-sex marriage leads to a host of social and even public health benefits, including a range of advantages for mental health and wellbeing. Marriage is a human right, but as envisaged in the UNDHR it is understood as being between a man and a woman. Certainly, the UN Declaration of Human Rights UNHDR asserts that human beings have the right to form families, so to that extent it can be argued that being able to marry and to form families is a human right. A homosexual union is of a different species to a heterosexual union, since it necessarily involves a union of a same-sex couple, while a heterosexual union involves the union of a male and female couple. However, most studies have found that on these metrics there is no difference between children raised by same-sex or opposite-sex parents.