Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Gay Marriage Fears Laid to Rest

My friend John emailed me an article from the Wall Street Journal this morning that I wanted to share. The primary drive against gay marriage comes from the religious right. Knowing America's Constitution provides against putting religious beliefs into law, they have decided to try to scare people into voting against gay marriage. They say that if gay marriage is made legal it will create a slippery slope effect and we will have people marrying their dogs, and other such strange situations. Divorce is supposed to increase, heterosexual marriage is supposed to decline, out of wedlock children and STD's are supposed to increase. Society itself is supposed to come to the brink of destruction if we allow two people in love to marry, settle down together, and have equal benefits from the government if they are of the same sex. Sound silly? It is:

"Seventeen years after recognizing same-sex relationships in Scandinavia there are higher marriage rates for heterosexuals, lower divorce rates, lower rates for out-of-wedlock births, lower STD rates, more stable and durable gay relationships, more monogamy among gay couples, and so far no slippery slope to polygamy, incestuous marriages, or "man-on-dog" unions."


John said...

What makes this even more amazing is that Scandinavia's welfare state is not marriage friendly. Scandinavia grants almost no financial benefits based on marital status. These issues are mind-numbibly complex, but the bottom line is still remarkably simple. It is human nature to couple up and form families. Humans will do so with or without government sanction. But when the government provides a legal contract (irrespective of the financial benefits) families thrive. And for the "for the children" crowd, Scandinavia shows us that it does ineed take a village to raise a child.

This seems contradictory at first glance, but that is because we tend to view the world through our American prejudice. Scandinavia does not hold "marriage" in high esteem, but rather relationships.

Scandinavia does not preach "family values", it values families.

For a scholarly, well balanced analysis:

RedStateExile said...

I don't think they want us to have successful relationships, and it scares them that maybe...just maybe, we might have more successful relationships than them.