The California Supreme Court has now legalized same-sex marriage, overturning the will of the people. In 2000, 61 percent of Californians voted for Proposition 22 which reads, simply and clearly, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In November, voters will have the opportunity to write this identical language directly into the California Constitution and prevent future state courts from thwarting their will ever again.
Here’s why California voters should protect traditional marriage:
• Same-sex marriage is legally unnecessary. Homosexual couples in California already enjoy all of the legal rights and privileges of marriage, short of the name. They can already adopt, utilize sperm banks and access surrogacy services to create legally recognized family units. They don’t need marriage in order to do so.
• Where it has been legalized, same-sex marriage decreases the total number of marriages while increasing illegitimacy. Nine European nations have had same-sex marriage since the early 90s—and just 2 percent of same-sex couples in these countries ever bother to marry, while there has been a 46 percent increase in out-of-wedlock births. Same-sex couples simply do not marry in significant number when given the legal right to do so, while more heterosexual couples will not bother to get married before having children. In these nations, 70 percent of all births now take place outside of marriage, and among first-time mothers, 80 percent are unmarried. Same-sex marriage will result in fewer total marriages and more children born out of wedlock.
• Both religion and political philosophy recognize that it is for the common good that states preserve, protect and promote successful marriages and healthy families in order to produce the maximum number of healthy children who later become productive citizens. However, since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, we have increased the number of broken families producing damaged children, and these damaged children have burdened both the size and cost of the welfare state.