Contrary to popular opinion, Proposition 102 doesn't prevent homosexuals from marrying. On the contrary, current Arizona law allows homosexuals to marry whomever they want - of the opposite sex.
But that's not good enough. Homosexuals want to redefine marriage to allow same-sex couples to get married. As such, homosexuals want to fundamentally redefine marriage from what it has forever been (members of the opposite sex) to what it has never been (members of the same sex).
But there are those of us who want to keep marriage as it has been. We don't want marriage changed. Marriage is the glue that holds society together. And we don't want that glue tampered with. So we are fighting back.
As I was driving around town last week, I laughed when I saw the billboard proclaiming: "Vote NO on Proposition 102. Keep politicians out of marriage." I laughed because it's going to be very hard, if not impossible, to keep politicians out of marriage given that they're already in it.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but getting politicians out of marriage won't be possible because the government, not the church, issues marriage licenses. Getting the government out of the marriage licensing business is about as likely as getting the government into the business of regulating religious marriage ceremonies in the church. As such, until the government decides to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether, politicians are going to be involved in marriage.
And well they should, for the simple fact that marriage is good for society. Marriage is good not only because it brings children into society but also because it is the best way to socialize these children into contributing members of society.
The thinking goes like this: Since traditional marriage produces and socializes kids, and since today's youth are tomorrow's society, it is in the government's best interest to encourage traditional marriage.
And from a purely economic point of view, it makes total sense. Since same-sex marriages, by and large, don't produce children (for the obvious biological reasons), and since today's children are tomorrow's society, the government has no compelling reason to put same-sex marriage on par with traditional marriage. Whereas same-sex marriage gives nothing back to society, traditional marriage gives society its next generation.
And as far as the government is concerned, religion has absolutely nothing to do with any of this. Atheists, agnostics, deists, theists and so on - it makes no difference whatsoever to the government. All that the government cares about is ensuring that there will be enough children around to run society. As such, from the government's point of view, marriage is ultimately about the kids: Traditional marriages produce them, same-sex marriage does not.
Sure, some same-sex couples do have children. But this is clearly the exception, and it takes away absolutely nothing from my argument.
Just look at the numbers. At best, homosexuals comprise 10 percent of the U.S. population. (The Kinsey report from the 1940s and '50s has been totally debunked; the actual percentage of homosexuals is much less than 10 percent. At the very best, it's 5 percent.) Even if we were to legalize same-sex marriage, at best only 5 percent of the U.S. population would qualify for same-sex marriage. And fewer yet would even opt to get married. And fewer yet would have children. Clearly, the numbers are not on the side of same-sex marriage.
If we look at the numbers, clearly same-sex marriage will produce only a tiny fraction of the children that traditional marriage does. As such, why should the government privilege same-sex marriage as the equal of traditional marriage? It shouldn't. And that's just my point. Without being able to give children to society, same-sex marriage is of no benefit whatsoever to society.
The only thing that same-sex marriage can offer society is a "loving relationship" between two committed people of the same sex. And that won't cut it because children, not loving relationships, are the future of our society.
And so we end where we started: From the government's point of view, the only reason to privilege marriage is for the kids. And since same-sex marriage doesn't give children to society, the government has no compelling reason to recognize same-sex marriage.
It's that simple. Vote "yes" on Proposition 102.
Philip Moon is a physics instructor at Mountain Pointe High School and an adjunct physics instructor at Chandler-Gilbert and Rio Salado community colleges.