Gay Marriage: Morals, Logic, and Biology
I have always been of the mindset that gays that should be able to marry, and still am, even after reading the data to the contrary. There is valid information on both sides of the argument; yet, in my opinion, there is still much more supporting gay marriage as a right than dismissing it as a threat and moral abomination of sorts. This is not a moral argument. It is one of legality, dignity, and logic. Supporters of gay marriage site the overwhelming amount of scientific support proving homosexuality to be the result of an innate, biochemical brain function. While citing this information, many believe, as I do, that any two people who truly love each other should be able to marry regardless of sexual orientation, innate or otherwise. Opponents of gay marriage cite the Bible and its condemnation of homosexual behavior. More secular opponents argue that marriage, the bedrock of our society, cannot be 'eroded' in this manner without society as a whole suffering the consequences of this perceived immorality. The issue remains one of the most divisive we face, encompassing not only morality and faith, but law, society, and dignity as well, and cannot be ignored for much longer.
"The paper argues that children with lesbian and gay parents are more likely to depart from traditional gender roles. Children born to and raised by homosexuals tend to play, dress and behave differently than children reared in heterosexual households."-University of Southern California Study on gay parenting, citing "How does the Sexual Orientation of the Parents Matter?" by Judith Stacey & Timothy J. Biblarz
This evidence, though backed by nominal empirical fact, ignores the heart of this debate: who's to say whether these 'departures from the norm' are inherently wrong? The heart of the pro gay marriage article is firmly rooted in logic and biological findings, which say that
1). Homosexuality is not a choice; it is a function of the brain's biochemistry before birth and
"Simon LeVay conducted another experiment regarding the hypothalamus of the human brain in 1991. LeVay, like Swaab and Allen also did a post-mortem examination on human brains; however, he did his examinations on patients who had died from AIDS-related illnesses. He examined 19 declared homosexual man, with a mean age of 38.2, 16 presumed heterosexual men, with a mean age of 42.8, and 6 presumed heterosexual women, with a mean age of 41.2 . LeVay discovered that within the hypothalamus, the third interstitial notch of the anterior hypothalamus (INAH3) was two to three times smaller in homosexual men then in heterosexual men. The women examined also exhibited this phenomenon. LeVay concluded the "homosexual and heterosexual men differ in the central neuronal mechanisms that control sexual behavior", and like Allen and Swaab, agreed that this difference in anatomy was no product of upbringing or environment, but rather prenatal cerebral development and structural differentiation."-Homosexuality: Nature or Nurture? by Ryan D. Johnson, Allpsychjournal.com
With recent controversy over California's Proposition 8, gay marriage is an issue likely to be in the forefront of media attention in the foreseeable future. It is best, therefore, that both sides are known, and the moral, biological, and logical arguments are represented.