By Emily Geiger
By the time you read this, you probably already know the outcome of the gay marriage case. I don’t.
I’m going to assume the worst, because I think that’s probably what’s going to happen. But, that still doesn’t really answer the questions that underlie the same-sex marriage debate as a whole.
I always hear supporters of gay marriage say that gay people should be free to choose to be with whoever they want. They say that gay people can’t help who they want to be with. They say they were born that way, and they just can’t help it.
Let’s assume that that is true (which I do not really believe, but that’s another post for another day). That sounds pretty sympathetic, doesn’t it? Who could argue with that?
Well, the simple answer is, we restrict people’s sexual desires by law all the time.
Some people swear that they are born with a natural sexual desire to be with children. I can’t say I’ve ever been to the NAMBLA website, but, from what I understand, that’s exactly what they espouse.
Some people claim they have a natural tendency for sadism. Some guys swear they can only be gratified by forcing themselves on their unsuspecting sexual prey.
We expect these people to control their sexual urges if they want to enjoy the privileges of living in a civil society.
Heck, some people even claim that men, in particular, have a natural tendency to spread their seed far and wide, and let me tell you, that doesn’t fly either.
I know, I know… I see your next argument coming. In those examples above – the pedophiles, the rapists, etc. – someone is getting hurt to satisfy the sexual desires of others.
But, if no one is hurt by homosexual relationships, then why do gays have higher rates of depression, suicide, colon cancer, other cancers, STDs in general, HIV/AIDS in particular, and a life expectancy that is 20 years shorter on average when compared with straight people?
This is not a healthy lifestyle, it is not natural, and it should not be sanctioned and promoted by the state.
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