Should same-sex marriage become legal in New Zealand?

I was asked to argue against changing the definition of marriage for a student magazine. Below is the debate

Massive Magazine (The Voice of Massey University Students) 17 Feb 2012
The state has no authority to reinvent marriage
Bob McCoskrie – National Director, Family First NZ
The state did not invent marriage. It has no authority to re-invent it.
Marriage is not a state invention. It is instructed by nature, reinforced by religion and normally protected by the state. Marriage is a universal and natural social practice.  Every culture has had some institution that resembles what we know as marriage associated with procreation. Every society needs marriage. Marriage is the only institution we have that creates an area of social reality independent of state control. The legalisation of same-sex marriage would turn the most intimate of human relationships into a legal and political construct….

People should be allowed to love and decide for themselves
Jimmy Jansen – Uni-Q Wellington
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination” (Leviticus, 18:22).
Thank God the Old Testament is not legally binding. Homosexuality, despite being a mortal sin, is not a demonic manifestation of personal corruption or parental negligence, but a naturally occurring sexual preference expressed through sex and character. In a contemporary world, marriage, though laced in moral, religious and legal implications (ask any divorcee), is an expression of love. Gay marriage is no different and should not only be legalised, but celebrated…..


3 comments for “Should same-sex marriage become legal in New Zealand?

  1. Sarah
    28 March 2012 at 6:35 pm

    There is nothing ‘natural’ about gay or lesbian relationships – does it bring about human life? were we created to have conjugal relations with persons of the same sex? homosexuality is opposed to the natural law; natural law is written on the human heart, its the ‘blue print’ to our very existance. Homosxuality is ‘unnatural’.

  2. Will
    28 March 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Good response Bob! Well done. Everyone who tries to convince others that this is “natural” and “contemporary” is just trying to find an excuse for perversion. And then they want to bring innocent children into these unnatural relationships, ignoring the importance of a mother and father role model! I hate the word, but if I’m “homophobic”, then these people must be “homophiles”.

  3. Chuck Bird
    29 March 2012 at 1:50 pm

    The biggest problem I see with same-sex marriage is that it will be used as a stepping stone to homosexual adoption and surrogacy. While there may be some cases of good outcomes highlighted by the homosexual community these are the exception rather than the rule.

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