I do not think the Redefinition of Marriage is a great idea. Seen objectively from the Government’s point of view, I wonder what they think marriage is? I could imagine a purely political view of why Marriage is to be preserved, not revised. Christianity exists alongside other faiths including secularism, so its social policy recommendations should be distinguished between God’s decrees to those who believe, and rationally defended proposals that should appeal to everyone. It’s not good enough for any group to simply announce that “God told us to do this, and you should do it too”.
I propose that the most utilitarian social reason for formal marriage in society is to assign to parents the full and clear responsibility for wanted children and thus avoid the burden on society of unwanted children. Marriage serves society in establishing and sustaining a secure respected framework where citizens of the future (children) will be nurtured by the parents who chose to have them, and not their fellow citizens.
Here’s a concept from the sermon written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer for the marriage of his niece, explaining that marriage is more than one’s personal right to happiness.
In your love you see only the heaven of your happiness, but in marriage you are placed at a post of responsibility towards the world and mankind. Your love is your own private possession, but your marriage is more than something personal – it is a status, an office’.
Marriage brings honour to those who submit to society by taking office. For example, MPs should understand that? Marriage confers responsibility upon a couple to bear a life-long financial and moral burden as their offspring add to our productive, law-abiding citizenship.
The marriage service involves crowds of friends and relations who represent society. It’s a mutual declaration of commitment in a transaction between the couple, and the society from which they will benefit, and to which they must contribute.
So, shouldn’t one expect a government to protect Marriage? To instead redefine marriage as an “equal-opportunity badge for people who love each other” is to forget the responsibility of government to underpin all that holds society together.
Let Marriage retain it’s core definition – it is legally consumated by conventional sex for a specific reason.