- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In all the debate about homosexual “marriage,” I believe an important point is being overlooked: Homosexuals already have the same right to marry as everyone else, which is no right at all.

Throughout recorded human history and in every society, two aspects about marriage have been constant: It has always been recognized as being between a man and a woman, and it has always been a privilege, never a right.

Genuine rights do not require the approval of some higher authority. We do not need anyone’s permission to live, for instance. In addition, real rights do not place any obligations on a person. If marriage was a right, then any two people could simply declare themselves to be married. Anyone who is married knows that is not the case. First, the prospective couple must obtain society’s permission in the form of a marriage license. Then they must go to someone legally authorized to bind them in matrimony.

Any homosexual man can apply for a license to marry. Assuming there are no other problems (for example, with the blood tests), that license will probably be granted. Likewise, any lesbian can apply for a license to marry a man. The licensing bureaus do not care about the sexual orientation of the applicants. All they are concerned with is whether the applicants are one man and one woman.

One of the primary purposes of marriage is to bring the next generation into the world and, in a loving environment, train them to carry on the culture. This is why society has a vested interest in protecting the institution of marriage and why homosexual activists do not have any right to try to redefine it.

I once read an indignant letter to the editor from a woman who insisted that her homosexual son should be able to marry another man and asserted that all opposition to homosexual “marriage” was based on hatred.

Let’s suppose a blind person shows up to take the tests for a driver’s license and perhaps even scores perfectly on the written test. That person will still not be allowed to take the practical test, let alone receive a driver’s license. Is this because of a hatred of blind people? Not at all. It is because the applicant does not meet the qualifications to become a driver. Likewise, marriage possesses prerequisities: One party must be a man and the other must be a woman.


Laurel, Md.

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