Walsh: We are told that we
have marriage equality now, that gay marriage is equal
to heterosexual marriage. But equality means sameness.
If two thing are equal, it means that they are the same. If they’re
not the same, they’re not equal. Are same-sex marriages the same
as, equal to, heterosexual marriages? That’s really the question.
I would say, “No.” It doesn’t have to have anything to do with
value judgements or moral judgements. You don’t have to think that the
homosexual act is sinful in order to see that marriage equality is a
nonsensical concept. These two things are different in
a profoundly significant way. The union of a man and a woman has,
in principle, the potential to create, of itself, new life. The union of two
people of the same gender does not ever have that potential. And can never.
And will never. And has never. Again, even if you think that
the two unions are morally equal, which is not a Biblical thought,
but even if you think it, you cannot say that they are equal in
every respect because they certainly are not equal in this respect, and
this is a pretty important respect. You have on one hand a thing,
which is a heterosexual marriage, which can create people. You have
on the other hand a thing, which is the homosexual union, which cannot
create people. Imagine for a second that you’re starting a civilization from
stratch, and you have no prior knowledge. You have never heard of
marriage. You have never heard of the gay marriage debate. You have no
political leanings. Nothing. You have never even heard of the Bible.
You look around, and you see that there are all different kinds of
relationships, and many of them are great. But one kind of relationship
has this weird ability and propensity and habit of creating new people.
When you’re trying to figure out what to call all these different
relationships, don’t you call that relationship something different?
Something that signifies the incredible power and responsibility
that comes with it? This potential of the heterosexual
union to create people is largely why marriage exists, and it is why society
has cherished and protected this institution. It has understood that
a union, which might create a person, should be stable. It should be
permanent. It should be protected. It should be faithful.
It should be monogamous. Every study has shown that children
fare much better in stable, two-parent households than not. Marriage
exists as the foundation for the family unit, and the family unit exists as
the foundation for civilization. If marriages are strong, the family is
strong. If the family is strong, society is strong.
It really is that simple. We see that, historically, one of the
most crucial and elemental functions of marriage was to create the basis upon
which and the context within which children are created and
born and raised.