Same-Sex Marriage: It’s Time to Discriminate

by Alan Shlemon

I think discrimination is great. I think we should discriminate based on age, sex, disability, and sexual orientation. And I bet most Americans agree with me.

We should discriminate against people of certain ages. No person under the age of 21 should be allowed to purchase a handgun. Agreed? I want to discriminate against women too. We should restrict them from using certain medications…like Viagra. And don’t forget the disabled. I insist we discriminate against the blind and prevent them from obtaining driver’s licenses. Finally, let’s discriminate against same-sex couples by refusing to issue them marriage certificates.

Not all discrimination is bad. In fact, we do it every day. Discriminating is simply making a distinction. The question becomes, is the distinction legitimate or not? Can we discriminate against the blind by restricting their access to driver’s licenses? Of course we can.

That’s because we make the distinction between people who are qualified to drive a car and those who aren’t. The blind are different than those who can see in a way that disqualifies them from driving. They’re not the same as sighted people – they’re different. That’s not unreasonable and no one is complaining this is unfair discrimination.

Is it fair, then, to discriminate against same-sex couples? Yes, because there’s a legitimate distinction between homosexual and heterosexual couples. No amount of judicial power can make them the same.

The difference is significant. Same-sex marriage, by design, will always deny a child their mother or father. It also makes mothers and fathers interchangeable. So a mother offers no unique contribution to her children. She is just a warm body. A man could accomplish all her parenting functions just as well.

This is not only counterintuitive, it flies in the face of decades of research that demonstrates children do best when they are raised by their biological mother and father. For example…

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