Some of The Consequences of Fundamentally Redefining Marriage in Virginia

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We previously discussed the radical same-sex marriage agenda and the growing disregard for families that value natural, organic marriage (and consequently do not support willfully denying a child a mom or a dad).

The Family Foundation (one of the groups spearheading the effort to pass the Marriage Amendment this November) just sent out an information alert discussing the issues in Massachusetts where second graders are being forced, against the wishes of their parents, to listen to a story of two princes celebrating same-sex romance. In doing so the Family Foundation reminds us of the following:

Without a Constitutional amendment protecting the definition of marriage, stories like these will quickly become the norm here in Virginia. While that may sound alarmist, the fact is that these things didn't happen even in Massachusetts before that state legalized same-sex marriage. With marriage redefined, family is redefined, and those who disagree with that new paradigm are soon subjected to abuse and harassment.

The question for Virginians is simple - is this the future we want for our Commonwealth?

Family Foundation Information Alert Monday, May 1, 2006

Information Alert: Oppose homosexual agenda at your own risk

Across the nation, homosexual activists are bringing their message to children and communities with little regard for those who disagree with their viewpoint. Two cases in Massachusetts should give pause to anyone concerned about this issue. It is important to consider these incidents in light of the fact that Massachusetts is the state where same-sex marriage is alive and well - perhaps a glimpse into the future should Virginia fail to pass a state Constitutional amendment defining marriage this fall.

In one school, a second-grade teacher presented to her class a storybook celebration of homosexual romance and marriage. The book, "King and King," tells the story a prince whose mother the queen begs to get married. But the prince rejects all the princesses his mother brings to him. Then, when a prince and princess show up for a visit, he immediately falls in love - with the prince! Soon, the princes are married. The last page shows them exchanging a passionate kiss. Remember, this was read to a second-grade class!

When enraged parents demanded to be notified when the school taught such a subject, the response from the superintended was frightening: "We couldn't run a public school system if every parent who feels some topic is objectionable to them for moral or religious reasons decides their child should be removed. [This community] is committed to teaching children about the world they live in, and in Massachusetts same-sex marriage is legal."

Not all the citizens of Massachusetts are content to leave same-sex marriage legal. Petition drives to get a Constitutional amendment on the ballot forbidding same-sex marriage are underway. But homosexual radicals are going to extreme lengths to intimidate potential signers. They have gone so far as to create a website, knowtheyneighbor.org, where they list the names of those who have signed petitions in favor of the amendment (the names are public because the petitions are legal documents; that is not the case in Virginia). One person lost their job when the organization they worked for found their name on the list.

Without a Constitutional amendment protecting the definition of marriage, stories like these will quickly become the norm here in Virginia. While that may sound alarmist, the fact is that these things didn't happen even in Massachusetts before that state legalized same-sex marriage. With marriage redefined, family is redefined, and those who disagree with that new paradigm are soon subjected to abuse and harassment.

The question for Virginians is simple - is this the future we want for our Commonwealth?

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I remain confused. What is so "radical" about two people wanting to be in a committed relationship?

While a right-wing think tank may disagree with gays and lesbians - virtually every professional and legitimate organization in the U.S. does not - from the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychology Association, the League of Child Welfare and virtually all others.

Your statement above would imply that you trust the Family Foundation moreso than these professional organizations of experts. Is that the case?

No Relation said:

Travis-

It's been a while since I was in college, but I seem to remember learning in Psych101 that there was much more evidence suggesting that homosexuality was the result of psychological factors than there was genetic factors.

For example...Case studies show that an overwhelming percentage of homosexuals were raised by their mother alone, or were raised by both parents, but had poor relationship with their fathers.

The organizations you listed have decided that this psychological problem is best dealt with by appeasement, since they can't find a ritalin type cure for it.

Bill Garnett said:

I am confused that those who believe in civil rights would today, with the science available, continue to deny these rights to homosexuals.

Certainly fundamental happiness in life is intrinsically related to finding one's exclusive relationship and I wonder at the motives of those who would so strongly deny this and the associated rights and privileges that our government accords marriage. I recommend the following from the book, Inside the American Couple, edited by Yalom and Carstensen:

"One of the most fundamental urges of human existence is to form a pair. Something in us calls for another—friend, lover, companion, spouse. Or perhaps it is something not in us, some lack, some deficit, that hungers for completion. In the Symposium, Plato fancifully expressed this craving by having Aristophanes contend that the first humans were unseparated twins who, once they were split apart, pined away for the missing half.

Sociobiologists assume that the search for a mate is propelled by an animal instinct to copulate. Human attachment theorists locate the source of adult pairing in the child-mother bond. Anthropologists look to the central importance of kinship systems in human cultures as an explanation for the universality of marriage. Political scientists understand marriage as an institutional means of assuring societal stability. Existentialists see the desire to merge with another as a way of attenuating a basic sense of isolation. Jews and Christians traditionally believe that marriage is ordained by God. Whether primacy is accorded to sexual, psychological, anthropological, political, existential, or religious factors, there is broad agreement that coupledom provides a viable answer to a basic human longing.

Here we are at the dawn of a new millennium still cherishing the belief that being part of a couple represents some central part of being human. Individuals, despite gender and sexual orientation, continue to search for soul mates, to move in together, to vow to love each other, and, when legally allowed, to enter into marriages. Despite myriad modern tendencies that could render long-term couplehood obsolete (such as casual sex, cohabitation, and increase in divorce and single parenting), more than 90 percent of Americans marry at some time during their lives. However anxious we may be as a society in the face of dissolving marriages and dysfunctional families, individuals continue to place their hopes in the marital bond. They exchange public promises to remain together—for better, for worse, for a lifetime. And among those who do not marry, partnering is still very widespread; few people live through adulthood without at least one lengthy, intimate relationship."

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