News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
While the sin of homosexuality may be no more offensive to God than other sexual sins, for a society to be forced to endorse it through the sacred institution of marriage is both objectionable and dangerous, moving us further down the slippery slope toward moral chaos. Why is gay marriage wrong for Kentucky?
First, as Gov. Steve Beshear’s legal counsel argued, gay marriage precludes one of the state’s primary interests in marriage, i.e., procreation. While I agree with the state’s argument, it was presented weakly and, left to stand alone, was hardly persuasive.
Judge Heyburn remarked, “These arguments are not those of serious people.” I must agree and am left to conclude that Beshear, like Attorney General Jack Conway, has no desire to mount a serious defense of our constitution.
Second, gay marriage is wrong because it denies the natural order. Whether one is a Bible-believing creationist or a secular evolutionist, any rational observer of our world must admit that the survival of any and every species on the planet depends upon a natural order that includes reproduction. Homosexuality perverts the natural order and homosexual marriage cheapens the institution of marriage by removing from it the essence of its purpose.
Third, state-endorsed homosexual marriage further legitimizes homosexual couples as parents. Thus, the state tragically endorses depriving children of their innate need of both a father and a mother. With regard to mommy and daddy, children raised by homosexual couples have either/or not both/and. Heyburn’s decision not only thwarts nature, it robs children of an intrinsic need.
Fourth, in states all across the country homosexual marriage is being forced upon the citizens by liberal judges even though most states, like Kentucky, have overwhelmingly voted to refuse it. These judges are subverting the democratic process in tyrannical fashion. Simply put, that is wrong.
Fifth, homosexual marriage is a headlong leap down the slippery slope toward moral chaos. One of the sound bites from gay activists regarding Heyburn’s ruling was, “Love wins!” If the mere profession of an individual’s love for someone or something else were to become the new standard for marriage, gay marriage clearly opens the doorway to bigamy and polygamy and at least cracks the doorway of state-sanctioned childhood brides and even bestiality. This type of government-sanctioned perversion has teenage girls in locker rooms at Louisville’s Atherton High School being required to undress in front of teenage boys pretending to be girls. That kind of moral outrage denies the rights of children to be protected.
Sixth, and not inconsequential for those who adhere to the teachings of Scripture or who at least concede that the success of any democratic government depends upon a society’s willingness to embrace certain values and moral norms, is the matter of morality. Biblical morality is not fuzzy when it comes to homosexuality. Both Testaments unequivocally condemn it and in Matthew 19, Jesus clearly defines marriage in heterosexual terms, being perfectly consistent with Genesis 2.
John Heyburn and judges who share his views represent a departure from the entire scope of civilized human history. They turn a blind eye to the historic teachings of every major religion in the world. Determined to alter our society, they have thrown nature, the needs of children, and the rights of voters to the wind and cast marriage to the moral gutter.
PAUL CHITWOOD is executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state’s largest religious organization with some 750,000 members.