What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet…
-Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2
Shakespeare was always eloquent, but not always right. For proof, look no further than the machinations of the New York State Assembly with regard to same-sex “marriage.”
Defining marriage down isn’t hard, for elected officials as blithely unconcerned with the will of the electorate as the New York Legislature. It helps, of course, if you have contempt for the Constitution and can immunize yourself against the realities of life and human relationships.
One of those realities – so fundamental that it’s generally bypassed by those pressing the homosexual political agenda and the Empire State officials who indulge them – is that homosexual behavior doesn’t “work” on a number of levels.
Physiologically, homosexual activities, by definition, force biological processes on a human anatomy inherently inhospitable to them. As is usually the case when one forces the body to endure things it’s not designed to endure, bad health results, which is why those who practice homosexual behavior are at extraordinarily higher risk than the rest of the population for a host of diseases and disabling conditions.
It doesn’t work emotionally, either. Homosexual unions are notorious for their brevity—the mainstream media's focus on the few lengthier relationships notwithstanding. In other words, these are sexual relationships centered on the sex, not the relationship. Any good psychologist will tell you that sexual encounters that are primarily about the sexual encounter are not emotionally satisfying and are, in fact, more often emotionally harmful. Obviously, that’s not a problem limited to homosexual hook-ups, but it’s certainly a primary characteristic of them.
Homosexual relationships don’t work in terms of the ultimate practical reason for sex itself: reproduction. Same-sex unions cannot produce children, which – at the sociological level – makes homosexual activity not only non-productive but, ultimately, suicidal for a society.
Worst of all, homosexual behavior is spiritually unfulfilling. It has to be, since the One who created the desire for spiritual fulfillment and who alone embodies that soul satisfaction has Himself declared such behavior anathema – off limits – self-destructive. One cannot find spiritual contentment while defying the God whose approval breeds that contentment.
Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.