why should i vote no for gay marriage
Obviously other family units exist, and children can be raised successfully outside of traditional marriage and while all children should be protected equally in law, marriage should remain the cornerstone of the family unit and the best way of doing that is not to redefine it. The result of allowing same-sex couples to marry is that agencies that are entrusted with finding parents to adopt and foster children cannot legally favour families that can provide a mother and a father, which all evidence suggests is the best environment for children. It is worth remembering that other countries such as Portugal have detached the introduction of same-sex marriage from the right of same-sex couples to adopt and while couples can marry, they do not have an equal ability to adopt. In Ireland the issues of the family and adoption rights should be resolved though the forthcoming Children Family Relationships Bill, which was promised over a year ago. When this bill becomes law, children being raised by same-sex couples, single parents etc should have the same rights as all other children. Had this bill not been delayed it would have allowed a clearer debate on the dangers and any merits of redefining marriage. Even if you see no merit in the State and its agencies being allowed to favour families that can provide a child with a mother and father, there are other reasons for voting 'No' in May's referendum. Five years ago, we introduced civil partnerships with the support of all parties in the Dail and these have proven to be very successful, allowing same-sex couples to have their relationships recognised in law. The take-up rate has shown that gay people clearly see civil partnerships as having merit in providing essential support on inheritance rights, next-of-kin status and employment-related benefits etc. Almost all areas where civil partnerships differ from civil marriage are connected with the raising of children and any deficiencies will be removed by the Children Family Relationships Bill. Consequently it upsets me when those promoting same-sex marriage try to portray civil partnerships as a second class marriage. That is most certainly not how I and most people that I know view them. Where civil partnerships do differ from civil marriages is that partnerships are dissolved rather than forcing same- sex couples to go through the more difficult and sometimes expensive divorce process and adultery is not considered grounds for dissolving a civil partnership, while it is for a divorce in a marriage.
This difference is because civil partnerships are not consummated in the way that marriages are, and unconsummated marriages can also be dissolved. If same-sex couples wish to change civil partnerships, allowing adultery to be seen as legal grounds for ending the union and wish to force all couples to go through the divorce process in the name of 'equality' then we should have that debate, rather than redefining marriage, an institution which was established to support children and which does not reflect the reality of most same-sex relationships. Personally I believe that civil partnerships are a better way of reflecting the reality of most same-sex unions and the idea that a civil marriage 'one size fits all' method of legally recognising all unions fails to address the fact that the relationship that a man forms with another man is intrinsically different from the relationship that a man forms with a woman. This difference is as fundamental as a man and woman are themselves different. In Ireland, we are very lucky that the people are being given the right to decide on whether marriage should be protected as it currently is, or be redefined at the behest of a tiny but vocal minority. The small number of countries that have legalised same-sex marriage have done so without a vote and sometimes against public opinion, causing a great deal of resentment. As a gay man I can think of many better ways of spending the в20m that this referendum will cost, to benefit the gay community and wider society. This referendum is unnecessary and should be rejected in order to keep the unique position of mothers and fathers special and to legally recognise the diversity of same sex relationships.
On Friday, Ireland is being asked to vote on a proposal to introduce civil same-sex marriage. As we take balanceб seriously, we thought we d take some time to recapб some of the most convincing arguments to vote no to same-sex marriage from Ireland and around the world. 1. Vote No or children will have to listen to the sounds of sodomy A leaflet distributed in Dublin opposing same-sex marriage warns that children will beб if it passes.
The leaflet tells voters that Christ compels them to vote No asking:б Should children be exposed to this beastly obsession with unholy acts? 2. Vote No because we failed to read the wording of the question A number of lobbying groups in Ireland have been pushing people to vote No because children deserve a mother and a father. The same-sex marriage legislationб has nothing whatsoever to do with gay parenting asб even if Ireland does vote No, the country s completely separate adoption legislation is still set to pass. Despite this,б the anti-gay Iona Institute б in adverts thatб the referendum would seek to Бredefine the familyБ and is actually inequality for children. 3. б Vote No because otherwise you will only be able to buy gay burgers Key opponents of equal marriage have warned that if equal marriage becomes law everywhere, Burger King will and refuse to sell anything else. Bryanб Fischer of the American Family Association warned that the message of tolerance would be spreading across the entire plane, adding soonб youБre going to have a rainbow coloured wrapper for your Whopper. 4. Vote No because gay couples will cause 900,000 abortions Lawyer Gene Schaerr, who failed to defend a ban on same-sex marriages in the US state of Utah, has warned that same-sex weddings He looked into the numbers and claimed: early 900,000 more children of the next generation would be aborted as a result of their mothers never marrying. Apparently, gay weddings equal to the entire population of the cities of Sacramento and Atlanta combined. 5. Vote No because we can lay down some funky tunes This No voter s opposition is so strong, he is even. Michael O Leary became an unintentional rap star when he made the slip at a debate on the issue last year. He exclaimed: We donБt want to see men and women getting married! 6. Vote No or bisexuals will demand four person marriages AlabamaБs Chief Justice Roy Moore a champion of the US anti-gay groups the no campaign б that if two bisexuals or trans people wanted a marriage, it would have to involve four people. Heб claimed: БYouБre taking any definition of a family away when two bisexuals or two transgendered marry, how large is that family?
БCan they marry two persons, one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex? Then, you ve got a family of four or how many? Б 7. Vote No because gay people can already get married (just not toб each other) One Cathoic bishop has been thinking about it very hard and has concluded that preventing loving couples from marrying isn t actually discrimination at all. Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doranб can just break up and marry people who marry people of the opposite sex. He claimed:б There is no legal obstacle to a person of homosexual orientation getting married, just as a heterosexual person can. 8. Vote No because equality will destroy society The Catholic church is about the potential impacts of same-sex marriage (aside from the basic rights it gives to gay couples, of course). According to the church, it would erode the foundation stone of society which doesn t sound good for civilisation as you know it (However, given the Pope has also, your mileage may vary. ) 9. Vote No because the semen in your Starbucks makes you want to vote Yes Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, New York, has for why the world has become so accepting of gays. He claims: What Starbucks was doing, is they were taking specimens of male semen, and they were putting it in the blends of their lattes. БMy suspicion is that theyБre getting their semen from sodomites. б Semen flavours up the coffee, and makes you thinks youБre having a good time. Б 10. Vote No or God will give you cancer Shockingly, this week a journalist from one No voter that blamed her cancer diagnosis on her support for same-sex marriage. The letter claimed: I was so sorry to hear about your cancer but maybe it is the will of God. After all you have been relentlessly pushing the twisted idea of gay marriage which would destroy the family as we know it and ruin the lives of generations of innocent children victimised by the narcissism of their БparentsБ. БMy advice is to accept that you are both homosexual and not very pretty, as there are worse fates; you might be black for instance. and if you re still not convinced, nothing can help you!
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