It ruins our witness. Which means that there will no longer be any basis for distinguishing legally between a heterosexual union and a homosexual relationship. Those who choose to live together in life-long homosexual relationships; or brothers and sisters who live together and take care of one another; or two friends of the same sex who are not sexually involved but share life together in the same home—all of these may be free to live as they do, and they suffer no civil rights discrimination by not being identified as marriages. But, of course, since legal declarations cannot turn reality into something it cannot become, a variety of conundrums, contradictions, and anomalies will inevitably arise. For thousands of years, marriage law has concerned itself with a particular kind of enduring bond between a man and a woman that includes sexual intercourse—the kind of act that can but does not always lead to the woman's pregnancy.
It ruins our witness.
Same-Sex "Marriage" Is Not a Civil Right
No, this debate is about whether the law that now defines marriage is itself good or bad, right or wrong. But this is entirely inappropriate for making the case for same-sex "marriage. The promotion and legal recognition of homosexual unions is not in the interest of the common good. Battle for the Children: Which means that there will no longer be any basis for distinguishing legally between a heterosexual union and a homosexual relationship.
Those who want church weddings can have them, but marriage is a matter of civil law. That may sound benighted, if not bigoted. But we must say it in love: To recognize in law the distinct character of a marriage relationship, which entails sexual intercourse, involves no discrimination of a civil rights kind against those whose bonds do not include sexual intercourse. The answer they want is for law making and adjudicating authorities to change the law based on the principle that reality is defined by the will and declarations of individuals, all of whom should be treated without discrimination.