“Marriage” defined

Published 9:53 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012

To the Editor:
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to hurl accusations and try to smear someone when their view opposes the one we espouse, especially if they are right and we are wrong?
This tactic is sometimes employed in politics and is done with great frequency in the debate about who should legally be allowed to “get married.” If you can make the opposing side look evil, maybe you can muddy the waters enough to make your point look good.
Marriage was created by God, and He is the one who defined it.
Mark 10:6-9 “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
God created two different beings that anatomically compliment one another. There is a reason that the sides of any fitting such as a hose or a pipe or the interior of an electric outlet that join together are called “male” and “female.” Any workman uses those terms.
There is no hatred whatsoever in saying that it is impossible for two men or two women to be married. Even the dictionary definition of the word marriage would tell you that.
An adult and a child, two children or even two women and one man cannot marry.
Trying to call a civil union between same sex partners “marriage” doesn’t make it marriage any more than I can call it chocolate if I cook butter, cream and sugar together to a delectable, ooey, gooey confection. It’s not chocolate, it is missing a necessary ingredient and all the calling caramel chocolate won’t make it chocolate and I won’t accuse anyone of hatred or intolerance if they tell me I don’t have chocolate. It can be the most delicious thing I ever tasted but it isn’t chocolate and it never will be unless I add cocoa. Both candies are yummy, but they aren’t the same.
If the cat has kittens in the oven that won’t make them pastries. You can name them Muffin, Cupcake and Biscuit but they will still be kittens.
There may be appropriate unions for certain types of relationships but if it isn’t one man and one woman, it isn’t marriage.
The human race would die out in just one generation if there were only unions between like parties. There are many fine and worthwhile people who aren’t attracted to others of the opposite gender; some of them are my personal friends, but no matter how nice they are, two of the same sex can’t marry each other!
Believing the old equation that “Marriage = 1 man + 1 woman 4 life” has nothing to do with hatred, intolerance or even lack of fond regard. It has to do with the facts.