Those who agree that marriage should only be defined as one man and one woman are said to hold to the Biblical definition of marriage, but which came first, the chicken or the egg? Which came first, opposite sex marriage or the Bible? How many citizens of Japan, China, India, Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome would say their view on opposite sex marriage comes from the Bible?
|Traditional and Non-Biblical Chinese Wedding|
WWCD - What Would the Chinese Do?
|Kang & Kodos From Planet Rigel IV|
Two space aliens, let’s call them Kang and Kodos, have come to earth to study the sexual behavior of the planet’s most highly evolved species. This is of great interest since this alien species from planet Rigel IV reproduces asexually; they have no detailed knowledge of heterosexual reproduction or any sexual behavior involving more than one member of a species.
Kang and Kodos have never heard of marriage, since there is no need for such an institution on their planet. Additionally, our alien friends know nothing of the Bible or God, although the inhabitants of Rigel IV do wonder about “The FirstCause” and what a curious thing an uncaused cause would be.
|Kang & Kodos observing "behaviors"|
- Random sex between consenting homosexuals
- Random sex between consenting heterosexuals
- Exclusive, but temporary sexual relationships between consenting homosexuals
- Exclusive, but temporary sexual relationships between consenting heterosexuals
- Exclusive and permanent sexual relationships between consenting homosexuals
- Exclusive and permanent sexual relationships between consenting heterosexuals
Connection #1: Sexual coupling between human males & females tends to create human offspring, although not in all cases.
Connection #2: Sexual coupling in context of behavior #10 tends to create stable and productive offspring within the basic cells of human society called “family units”, although not in all cases.
Connection #3: Sexual behaviors #1 – #9 tend not to achieve what has been observed in connection #2 and tend to cause or accentuate problems for humans such as unwanted offspring, disease, addictions and other emotional & physical trauma, although not in all cases.
Kang & Kodos have also drawn a conclusion from the facts and the connections:
It is in the best interest of human society to encourage and support behavior #10 for their continued existence and progressive evolution. Behavior #10 is unique among the other sexual behaviors/relationships in terms of its procreative, unitive, healthy & stabilizing effects on human society.
|Kang & Kodos rejoicing after a successful mission|
As has been discussed before on this blog, the rational basis for secular marriage laws is rooted in procreation for the establishment & protection of family units (not romantic love). Many relationships, other than marriages, have tremendous personal significance to those involved; the fact that we do not call them marriages is not evidence of bigotry, but recognition of reality.
Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined.