Supporting Healthy, Biblical Marriage
Except for the nano-second of history represented by the last twenty years or so, marriage has always been viewed as a relationship between a man and a woman.
Rather than marriage being purely a social construct to be scrapped as society changes, marriage is the name that has been given to a life-long, sexually exclusive relationship between one man and one woman.
At FACT, we strongly support one-man, one-woman marriage and believe that same-sex marriage is out of line with a biblical viewpoint. Since the June 2015 Supreme Court Obergefell decision that redefined marriage to include same-sex marriage, FACT has been legally challenging that ruling.
Now that you know the general perspective of what FACT believes about the issue of marriage, here are more specifics on what we believe about civil unions, divorce, and homosexual marriage (same-sex marriage).
Civil Unions and Partnerships
Civil Unions are often advanced as a means of providing legal equality for homosexual relationships without having to redefine marriage itself. But it is clear that the debate is really over homosexual marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships being merely a stepping-stone on the way to homosexual marriage.
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America began a social experiment decades ago with no-fault divorce, removing the historical requirement that there be grounds for divorce. This was a major shift in the understanding of marriage and the relationship between marriage and reproduction.
Consequently, this shift paved the way for declining marriage rates, increased co-habitation, and demands for homosexual marriage. Research is now very clear that, in general, divorce (particularly in the absence of abuse) has tremendous negative effects on women and children.
And there is a tremendous cost to taxpayers from family fragmentation, over $700 million in Tennessee tax dollars annually.
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Support for homosexual marriage, or same-sex “marriage,” reflects not only a misunderstanding of what marriage is, but also a lack of appreciation for the impact the redefinition of marriage will have on society and the reasons that governments provide benefits and impose duties upon marriage.