Turtle Bay and beyond

Posted on | November 26, 2012 by Maria Kaufmann |

Since the 1960s most Western societies have experienced a shift from traditional forms of marriage and family to complex alternative forms of marriage and family. In the past years growing support for LGBT rights by world leaders and organizations has enthused the idea that LGBT forms of marriage and family should be considered normative and that views that take preference for traditional marriage and family forms are old-fashioned, discriminatory and biased.

The recent anti same-sex marriage and adoption protest in France is the latest indication that affinity for traditional forms of marriage and family is not rear and minute; and that approval of alternative forms of marriage and family is not universal (even in highly secular societies).

As a matter of fact gay marriage is only legal in eleven nations 1 and gay adoption is only legal in thirteen nations 2.

This does not to mean that all individuals and groups who oppose the marriage and family forms proposed by LGBT advocates do so out of hatred for persons who have alternative sexual orientations, but rather that they uphold the belief that marriage and family serve a specific purpose and function in society that can only be met by relationships between men and women.

A clear of example of this has been the inter-faith voices that have spoken against same-sex marriage and adoption in France. As a recent Time magazine article described: “Leaders of all major religions in France — Catholic, Muslim, Protestant and Jewish — have decried the measure for upending traditional definitions of marriage and family” 3.

Whether alternative forms of marriage and family will become normative cannot be predicted at this time. What is clear is that individuals and groups who oppose such forms of family life are not old-fashioned or rear. Their voices are clear and loud all over the world. They don’t scream with hatred but rather with fervor; fervor for marriages that continue the human race and for families that give children both the love of a mother and a father.

 

1 “Gay Marriage, Adoption Around The World.” Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/05/gay-marriage-adoption-around-the-world_n_2077158.html

2 “Gay Marriage, Adoption Around The World.” Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/05/gay-marriage-adoption-around-the-world_n_2077158.html

3 http://world.time.com/2012/11/08/is-gay-marriage-too-progressive-for-the-french/

 

To learn more about the current situation in France click on the links below:

Time Magazine- http://world.time.com/2012/11/08/is-gay-marriage-too-progressive-for-the-french/

BBC News- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20224677

RT- http://rt.com/news/france-gay-marriage-protest-955/

To learn more about global same-sex marriage and adoption click on the link below:

Huffington Post- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/05/gay-marriage-adoption-around-the-world_n_2077158.html

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