Sunday, January 15, 2012

Why O'Malley is wrong....


Published: Friday, January 13, 2012
Dr. Ruth M. Jacobs and Mike McManus: Why O'Malley is wrong on same-sex marriage Commentary


Dr. Ruth M. Jacobs and Mike McManus

Gov. Martin O'Malley, in promoting same-sex marriage, wants to change the long-established meaning of marriage by promoting an illusion that gender and even biological relationships don't really matter.


Yet the healthiest children are those reared by a married mother and father.
"Marriage is the union of a husband and wife for a reason: These are the only unions that can make new life and connect children in love to their mom and dad," says Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage.


In his 1828 American Dictionary, Noah Webster defined marriage as the "act of uniting a man and a woman for life," because marriage "was instituted … for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and education of children."


While children can lose their parents for many reasons, changing from Webster's timeless definition of marriage to same-sex marriage as pushed by Gov. O'Malley would mean that it is our state government that is dividing the family tree, breaking biological ties and depriving children of either dad or mom.


Fatherhood.gov states, "Fathers play a unique and irreplaceable role in their children's lives." Yet, the majority of same-sex partnerships raising children are lesbian. Enforcing same-sex lesbian marriage would officially make dad the "throwaway parent" and would give greater legal rights to an unrelated female.


Most studies of same-sex parenting involve children of divorced lesbian mothers who started out in a heterosexual household, thus providing little or no real information about parenting when dad is axed right out of family. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports, "There is a paucity of data on ... adolescents ... reared in lesbian households since birth."


We do know, that children from fatherless homes, according to federal statistics, are "14 times more likely to commit rape, 32 times more likely to run away, 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders, five times more likely to commit suicide, ten times more likely to abuse chemical substances and 20 times more likely to end up in prison."


We also know that same-gender relationships lack the stability of traditional marriage. A study of homosexual men found that the "duration of steady partnerships" was 1.5 years. In a lesbian-parenting study, 60 percent of the mothers had separated before the child's 7th birthday. By contrast, 66 percent of all heterosexual first marriages last 10 years or longer, with 50 percent lasting 20 years or longer, reports the National Center for Health Statistics.


Gay activists want you to believe that homosexuality is innate, making genderless marriage a "civil right." Yet, studies of identical twins indicate that if one twin is homosexual, in the majority of cases the other is not. There is no "gay gene." Peter Tatchell, a British homosexual activist, states, "If heterosexuality and homosexuality are, indeed, genetically predetermined ... how do we explain bisexuality or people who, suddenly in midlife, switch from heterosexuality to homosexuality (or vice versa)? We can't." In fact, there are more 250 ex-gay groups (ExodusInternational.org).


After Maine 's legislature voted for same-sex marriage in 2009, Maine voters repealed the law. Subsequently, two dozen state legislators who voted for it were defeated in 2010.
Gov. O'Malley is wrong on same-sex marriage. Maryland legislators must vote "no" to same-sex marriage — or risk the fate of Maine legislators.


Dr. Ruth Jacobs of Gaithersburg is a physician. Michael J. McManus of Potomac is president of Marriage Savers.



 

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