Would marriage equality harm the marriages of heterosexual couples?
I happen to live in the first state to have gay marriage. We’re closing in on 10 years now since May 17, 2004 when the Supreme Judicial Court in our state said that enforced inequality in marriage laws violated our state’s equal protection clause. Despite all the dire warnings of our esteemed clergy, straight couples didn’t rush to divorce and try the gay lifestyle. Nobody has married a dog or a horse. Scoutmasters and school teachers didn’t start teaching all their kids to be gay. Kids growing up with two moms or two dads seem to be doing just fine. They are no more likely to be gay than the general population is.
When I was in a 4 unit condo in Boston’s North End, there was a married couple with a kid on the second floor, two gay guys on the third floor and a single woman on the fourth. Despite all predictions to the contrary, nobody else in the building caught the gay from the male/male couple living on the third floor. Truth be told, they were fine neighbors, and always willing to lend a hand if needed. The fact both were avid bodybuilders meant that they were truly able to help when heavy objects had to be moved.
With a decade of experience to evaluate, how can religious leaders who presumably think lying is a sin still run around claiming that all the things the predicted for Massachusetts—all of which never took place—will still happen in any other state that adopts marriage equality?
If you’re in a straight marriage, or if you’re courting or engaged and likely to be in one, do you think legalizing gay marriage where you live would suddenly convince you to dump your partner and marry someone of the same sex? How would allowing marriage equality harm you?