Gay Marriage Harms Families in Massachusetts

Posted on May 20, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day, Political Issues |

The good news is that 76% of voters called in a Massachusetts survey believe that “All things being equal, it is better for children to be raised by their married mother and father.” The disturbing news is that in a similar poll conducted in 2004, just 5 years ago, “84 percent of Massachusetts residents agreed (33 percent strongly) and 16 percent disagreed (2 percent strongly). Thus, in the five years since gay marriage became a reality in Massachusetts, support for the idea that the ideal is a married mother and father dropped from 84 percent to 76 percent. The proportion who disagreed strongly increased nearly sevenfold, from 2 percent in 2004 to 13 percent in 2009.”

This recent poll by the National Organization for Marriage and the Massachusetts Family Institute

in the state of Massachusetts has demonstrated the effects on attitudes toward marriage issues in the 5 years since a court ordered gay marriage into effect in the state. Read Maggie Gallagher’s column about the poll here:

Maggie Gallagher is no right wing evangelical innocent blindly spewing Bible verses. She is a Yale graduate (class of ’82) and co-author with Univ. of Chicago Professor Linda Waite of “The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better-Off Financially”. Gallagher, married with 2 children, is President of the National Organization for Marriage and The Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and a columnist.

The poll has also revealed some shocking beliefs that it is now DANGEROUS to oppose same sex marriage:

A surprisingly substantial minority of voters in this poll expressed fears that open opposition to gay marriage might result in retaliation or harassment of some kind.

For example, 36 percent of all Massachusetts voters agreed with the statement, “Some people I know personally would be reluctant to admit they oppose gay marriage because they would worry about the consequences for them or their children.” (Twenty-four percent agreed strongly.)

A further 36 percent of voters who oppose gay marriage agreed with the statement, “If you speak out against gay marriage in Massachusetts you really have to watch your back because some people may try to hurt you.” (Twenty-six percent agreed strongly.) Fifteen percent of voters who oppose gay marriage say they personally know someone who experienced harassment or intimidation because of their belief that marriage involves a man and a woman.

Now that being said, it would be nice to know what kind of harassment or intimidation these people experienced. I have heard and read accounts of companies now requiring “sensitivity training” for those who voice opposition to the gay agenda, and in some cases people lose their jobs over the issue. (I think I can hear some gays whispering, “Now you know what discrimination is like…there once was a time when WE were fired for being Gay”) Point taken. However, I would add that there is a huge difference in the two positions because they are not morally equivalent. Practicing homosexuality, promoting homosexual marriage is inherently immoral and deserves to be criticized. Homosexuals do not have the right to practice their lifestyle freely. And for straight people to be discriminated against for upholding the morals that are presented in the Bible and in the history of Western Civilization for most of time (yes, of course I am aware of the nature of homosexual behaviour in ancient Greece) is just wrong and destructive towards society.

None of this means that it should be permissible to do harm to gays, nor do I want gays rounded up and arrested for their sexual behaviour. I do NOT trust the government in the bedrooms of America. What I do mean is that we in America have lost the ability to call evil what it is- sin. We have lost the very concept of shame. We are calling evil good and good evil. This will bring Divine Judgment upon our country. We have gay pride days, parades and even gay month in schools now. For shame. If an employer, a landlord, etc. has an employee or renter that is immoral, that employer or landlord should have the right to tell them to clean up their act or they are gone. This gives employers and landlords more liberty with their property. Some employers will want to hire gays, some would not. Some landlords will rent to couples living together without being married, and others will only rent to married, straight couples. Immature bullying in the workplace because someone is gay should be disciplined, just like immature bullying of anyone for any reason, but disagreeing over the issue of gay marriage should be allowed. If your employer likes to hire gays, and you are allowed to voice your opposition to the gay agenda in a respectful way, but choose to remain and work there, then you must cooperate respectfully with your co-workers, gay or straight.

This poll is one piece of evidence that the tide is turning in America. The more sin is tolerated, the lower the bar of tolerance. In 5 years a dramatic shift has occurred in the views of marriage in Mass. In 10 years marriage will likely be obsolete. And the children will suffer.

This tolerance has gone on long enough. We must do everything we can to stem this flood of immorality. But how? The answer does not lie in politics alone. Not even politics primarily. The politics of the day represents the dominant worldview, the spiritual reality of the people. There are only two things that will succeed. 1) A general revival of biblical Christianity based upon God’s inerrant Word and the True Gospel which is Salvation by Grace Alone, through FAith Alone, in Christ Alone. This revival must be as earth shattering as the Reformation of the 16th century or the First Great Awakening in the 1730s-40s. 2) The return of Jesus.


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