With the recent decision in New York, the issue of gay marriage is once again in people’s minds (or was). Personally, I am sick of this discussion, as I am sure many others are. However, I will write a post containing my argument against gay marriage so I can simply refer to it rather than needing to explain it again.
Throughout Western civilization, going back to Ancient Greece, marriage has been defined as between one man and one woman. This is logical, seeing as how marriage was initially established as a means to perpetuate the species. Being a conservative, I am opposed to change when I do not think it is necessary. In this case, I do not believe that it is necessary because, as far as I can tell, all of the benefits of marriage can be achieved through other means (civil unions, for example). In addition, I respect that people have deep religious convictions, and therefore, it seems disrespectful to me to alter the definition of this well-established institution, that they hold in such high regard, for the sake of political correctness. For these reasons, I will say that it is up to the proponents of gay marriage to make the case for their cause. They have the responsibility to convince people that gay marriage should be recognized by the government.
I have much more to say on this issue, and I will say more later.