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Family Research Council VP Says Same-Sex Unions 'Threaten...The Well-Being Of Countless Families'

The Family Research Council is at it again. Senior Vice President Rob Schwarzwalder issued a rather confused statement about the injustice of same-sex unions proponents' claims of injustice surrounding the lack of universal legalization of gay marriage in America. Schwarzwalder has wrapped this gold nugget of an idea within an essay about why male-female unions are the only relationships which can be claimed as "natural marriages."  

SchwarzwalderThe essay, via the Family Research Council's website, reads:

Organizations like Freedom to Marry, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Human Rights Campaign argue that same-sex marriage is a matter of justice: If two same-sex partners (1) love one another romantically and (2) volitionally choose to wed, there should be no legal impediments to their doing so. They assert that such impediments imply some combination of ignorance, religious bigotry, or sheer homophobia.

The claim of injustice is itself unjust. Because people want to do something that does not adversely affect those immediately around them (e.g., neighbors or co-workers) does not mean they should be allowed to do so. Society is organic and, thus, so is harm. Same-sex unions do not threaten any healthy natural marriage but, rather, they threaten the institution of marriage and, thereby, the well-being of countless families.

Similarly, we have laws against myriad "victimless" crimes (substance abuse, prostitution, etc.) not only because they harm individuals who engage in them but also because they degrade society. Consensual homosexual unions might cause no apparent distress to persons proximate to them, but they diminish an institution - marriage - without which, civilization will erode ever more quickly. And in case one hasn't noticed, natural marriage in the United States is in enough trouble as it is.

Family_Research_Council_logo3In their very unnaturalness, it seems that homosexual unions are degrading society. Oh, and in the same way that substance abuse and prostitution--both issues with intense ties to American income disparity and psychological/physical harm--are. 

Good as You reports:

It's the kind of claim that manages to marry the anti-gay far right's most cherished mindsets: blame and superiority.

The obvious truth is that denying civil marriage equality to taxpayers who love and live within same-sex couplings is, in fact, an injustice. It would be even if Mr. Schwarzwalder and his employer were less histrionic about the Pandora's Box that gay people's golden rings supposedly opens.

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  1. The knots they have to tie themselves into these days - no, see, it doesn't threaten existing marriages, but the IDEA of marriage!!

    Shut up.

    Posted by: Tigerama | Sep 24, 2013 7:35:53 PM

  2. They just make themselves more ridiculous with these things.

    In fact, if you follow his thread about drugs and prostitution, his logic leads to the criminalization of same-sex relations. But if that's the best they can come up with (and it's really all they've ever had), they lost the battle in 2003 with Lawrence.

    Posted by: JamesInCA | Sep 24, 2013 7:41:48 PM

  3. Natural marriage like in the Bible. Where women were chattel and a man could have oh say 700 or so wives and concubines. And slaves. That kind of natural. Man made natural.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Sep 24, 2013 7:42:26 PM

  4. They should go with that argument.
    nobody can claim harm.
    gay marriage doesn't harm anyone; it just harms an idea.
    even though corporations are treated like people under US law, i don't think ideas are.

    Posted by: woody | Sep 24, 2013 7:52:19 PM

  5. Deport them all to Russia!

    Posted by: litper | Sep 24, 2013 7:55:59 PM

  6. How many of the self righteous morons at FRC have been divorced?

    Posted by: bkmn | Sep 24, 2013 8:04:10 PM

  7. Damn those gays for using up all the marriage and forcing straight couples to get divorced!

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 24, 2013 8:27:30 PM

  8. Politics is about pushing through opposition, not meeting half-way. Otherwise, you are dealing with arguments such as this one.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 24, 2013 8:29:58 PM

  9. Research has nothing to do with what they are blathering about. Study your fairy tales and evaluate them in a true scientific method and tell us what you find theocrats. BTW -whose version of Christianity do you find acceptable?--surely not those Mary-loving Catholics!

    Posted by: nick | Sep 24, 2013 8:30:26 PM

  10. These idiots, remaining unshackled because of the bright idea to shutter our insane asylums, will never give up the fight, much like their role model Adolph Hitler, and instead choose to end it all in a blazing immolation, which will be nothing compared to the flames of hell in which they will awaken.

    Posted by: StevyD | Sep 24, 2013 10:50:16 PM

  11. Clearly this dude failed PHI 101 (assuming he even went to college).

    Posted by: Jerry | Sep 25, 2013 12:54:39 AM

  12. Yes, the well-being of countless families. Literally countless, since there's nothing to count. So I actually agree with him there.

    Posted by: C. Foley | Sep 25, 2013 2:08:21 AM

  13. isn't it funny how they keep pulling this krapola outta their behinds and throwing it--without one shred of data to back themselves up?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 25, 2013 6:48:46 AM

  14. Do you know what the Bible actually says about homosexuality?

    Posted by: Pentheus | Sep 25, 2013 9:23:47 AM

  15. Stop giving these people ink.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 25, 2013 1:04:26 PM

  16. it's true. the more gay people Come Out, and the more gay couples that get married, the more the children born into vehemently anti-gay families will find the strength to Come Out and get married.

    Matt Salmon, GOP senator, doesn't want his son to get married to another man. He'd prefer to walk his son down the aisle the way Rick Warren did - in a casket.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 25, 2013 3:52:55 PM

  17. Hey! Wingnut! YES, YOU" Exactly how does my marrying another Male have any effect on your life or any other member of your family? Please let me know. Thank you.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Sep 26, 2013 9:02:05 PM

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