Monday, May 12, 2014

Turek: Same-sex marriage is "stealing rights from God"

Frank Turek
Anti-gay Christian polemicist, Frank Turek, has claimed in the past that gays have equal marriage rights because they are free to marry someone of the opposite sex. His constant theme is that gay marriage affects marriage and children adversely. Today, in the Christian Post, Turek is especially special. First comes the requisite attempt to portray sexual orientation as abnormal behavior:

While homosexual activists are correct that equal treatment under the law is a right, they steal that right from God and then misapply it. Instead of applying equal treatment to people, they misapply "equality" to behaviors. They are correct that all people should be treated equally, but incorrect to imply that all behaviors should be treated equally. It would be foolish to treat all behaviors equally. In fact, the very reason laws exist at all is because all behaviors are not equal and must be treated differently for the benefit of individuals and society.
Sorry Frank but sexual orientation does exist and gay sex is perfectly normal. Also, God does not get a say in what is a civil right to civil marriage. In the criminal trial that became the predicate for Loving v. Virginia the trial judge said; “The fact that [God] separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.” That sound eerily similar to Turek's claims. In both instances, someone is speaking for God. Carl Sagan, the acclaimed scientist and science popularizer called such appeals a “special pleading” and represented logical fallacies per se. Turek continues:

Since same sex marriage and natural marriage are different behaviors with different outcomes, they should be treated differently. One behavior perpetuates and stabilizes society, and the other doesn't. Promoting one behavior does not deny rights to people who don't engage in that behavior.
Of course I would maintain that same-sex marriage is perfectly “natural.” I would also assert that marriage equality fundamentally stabilizes society by encouraging long term commitment. The legal rights and obligations of marriage provide for the care of a surviving spouse or children in the event that one spouse dies. Creating a marital estate (which is the fundamental purpose of marriage) is inherently stabilizing.

Furthermore, if we take this to its logical conclusion then only marriages certain to produce children are actually marriages. For example, when two senior citizens marry then that is not a marriage. Who gets to decide what is a marriage? Mr. Turek? When deciders are federal judges, this preposterous argument loses every time it is presented. Turek concludes:
When we ignore biology and steal rights from God, we inflict very negative long-term consequences on society, and especially on children. That's what we'll cover in tomorrow's column.
I cannot wait.
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