Allowing gay marriage will have consequences

May 11, 2013 

A recent letter writer stated that gay marriage will do no harm to society.

We heard these arguments before when no-fault divorce became legal. This was going to be a win-win situation for everyone. If two consenting adults didn't want to stay married, why make them try to work things out? Let's make it as easy as possible for them to end their marriage. That sounds harmless enough -- except now almost half of all marriages end in divorce. This has a tremendous effect on society. Ask a teacher if divorce doesn't affect a child emotionally, socially, behaviorally and academically. And most people of divorce find themselves worse off financially.

If we want to have gay marriage, fine, but let's not kid ourselves by pretending that it will have no impact on children and society at large. We have certainly reached a new place in our culture when behavior that the Bible clearly identifies as sin is now accepted as the new normal.

The Bible makes many references to homosexuality in at least 11 books from both the old and new testaments, and says nothing good about it. Yes, we should love the sinner -- absolutely, and treat him or her with respect and dignity. But a society that promotes, embraces, endorses and normalizes sinful behavior is a society in decline. History has shown us that. Actions always have consequences.

Mallory Hayes

Belleville

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