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First appeared in print in The Rhinoceros Times, Greensboro, NC
By Orson Scott Card May 3, 2012

What Right Is Really At Stake?

Those signs on people's lawns, warning you that the pro-marriage Amendment One will harm children.

Of course it's a lie -- in fact, it's really designed to fool careless people into thinking that the amendment is against traditional marriage. They're coopting the language of conservatives in order to trick conservatives into voting against their moral values.

But they're inadvertently tipping their hand; they're letting us see what's really at stake.

There's no need to legalize gay marriage. I have plenty of gay friends who are committed couples; some of them call themselves married, some don't, but their friends treat them as married. Anybody who doesn't like it just doesn't hang out with them.

It's just like heterosexual couples who are living together without marriage. Their friends still treat them like married couples, inviting them places together; they're a social unit. Those who strongly disapprove leave them alone.

There are no laws left standing that discriminate against gay couples. They can visit each other in the hospital. They can benefit from each other's insurance.

No, legalizing gay marriage is not about making it possible for gay people to become couples.

It's about giving the Left the power to force anti-religious values on our children. Once they legalize gay marriage, it will be the bludgeon they use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.

Our children will be barraged with the deceptions of the Left. Parents will be forbidden to remove their children from the propaganda.

Any child with any gender or sexual confusion will be pushed inexorably away from the decision to establish a traditional family. They'll be told, again and again, that any sign of effeminacy or gender confusion or same-sex attraction is an irrevocable, lifelong compulsion and they might as well shape their lives accordingly.

The Left is at war with the family, and they want control of our children's education. That's what those signs on the lawns are about.

I'm not making this up -- it's already happening wherever the Left has complete control of education. Parents in those places are already forbidden to opt out of sexual and gender propaganda.

And with the teachers unions absolutely under the control of the extreme Left, don't kid yourselves: Legalizing gay marriage will make the false claims of the gay lobby the established religion of the American school system.

If there were even a shred of science behind the absurd claims about gender and sexuality coming from the Left, there might be a case for allowing this to happen. But there is no science behind it.

In fact, the scientific evidence we have points in the opposite direction: Same-sex attraction is not a strait jacket; people's desires change over time; gay people still have choices; a reproductive dysfunction like same-sex attraction is not a death sentence for your DNA or for your desire to have a family in which children grow up with male and female parents to model appropriate gender roles.

Heterosexual pair-bonding has been at the heart of human evolution from the time we divided off from the chimps. Normalizing a dysfunction will only make ours into a society that corrodes any loyalty to it, as parents see that our laws and institutions now work against the reproductive success (not to mention happiness) of the next generation.

But your children will never hear any of that information, true as it is, because it contradicts the dogmas of the Left.

Legalizing gay marriage is about driving all contrary evidence or argument out of the public discussion. That's why the gay-marriage lobby tries to stifle discussion -- they have no arguments that stand up to serious investigation.

They brand their opponents' arguments as religious, and therefore illegitimate; but in fact their own arguments are just as faith-based, just as lacking in evidence, as any Bible-based argument.

So a vote for the amendment is a vote to keep alive the possibility of educating our children without having the false dogmas of the extreme Left drilled into them, while contrary arguments are barred.

It's a vote to allow actual research into human sexuality to continue (or begin again), because the question will remain open.

It's a vote for freedom of religion -- the only right that is in serious danger in America today.

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