“Gay” couples should not be permitted to marry, among other things because they lack the essential traits that constitute true (conjugal) marriage: for in lacking sexual complementarity, “gay” couples cannot achieve complete sexual bodily union. And lacking reproductive capability they cannot be biological parents.
Heterosexual marriage is orientated towards producing offspring (in principle), while same-sex ‘marriage’ is not. The marriage of any heterosexual couple unable to have children due to sterility or old age etc, or who choose not to have children for any reason, differs in principle from all same-sex relationships. The former involve one man and one women (opposite sexes), constituting the relationship as fundamentally different due to the complementarity of the two sexes.
While same-sex couples can nurture children, they cannot provide the example that a father and a mother can, the intangible things that only a father and a mother can supply. They lack the inherent structure to rear well-rounded, psychologically secure children.
The concept of partnership marriage “between two persons, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity”, as proposed in Louisa Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, does not keep or strengthen the existing institution (which is excludes same-sex marriage), but simply allows more persons to join it. Instead it eviscerates it and substitutes a radical experimental concept.
Rex Ahdar, Professor of Law at Otago University, expands on these points in his article published today in The Dominion Post:
Finding true essence of marriage
To read the Society’s written submission to the Government Administration Committee on the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill go to: