Someone said: “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” Our society should be commended for speaking out for everything from caribous to coral reefs. Never in history has there been more awareness towards those who are weak and endangered. We deserve to celebrate this grand achievement. . . . On second thought, we might want to hold off on the balloons and confetti. There remains one species in grave danger. According to the latest statistics, they are being annihilated at the rate of 1.5 million a year. A large number of them are daily neglected, abandoned, and abused, to say the least. Several states have even passed legislations to allow them to be used in unnatural lab experiments. If such treatment continues, this species is well on its way to become the most maladjusted, confused, bitter, and under-achieving of all.

Have you figured out who they are? They are the future citizens of the most powerful nation on earth; the children of the United States of America. You may think that I am exaggerating but believe me when I say – the children of our nation are the most endangered species! Let me explain.

In recent years, there has been an unrelenting effort to redefine marriage in our nation. Advocates of same-sex marriage have argued that marriage is a fundamental human right which is being denied to homosexuals. They claim that if two consensual adults love each other and want to enter into a marriage relationship, what’s the crime? Isn’t that “sex discrimination”? They even try to compare it to the civil rights movement (that’s comparing apples to . . . um . . . paperclips?).

The question that needs to be asked is: “What is the purpose of marriage?” Is it a “celebration of love between two individuals”? Is it a “public declaration of one’s commitment to another”? Is it just “legalized sex”? The answer is none of the above. Two people can celebrate their love without getting married; they can be committed to each other without a publicly recognized contract; and, they are free to have sex anytime, provided it is not incest, rape, pedophilia, or some deviant behavior. The real purpose for marriage goes beyond all this. It is time we dig deeper.

Since the beginning of time, marriage has been the basic unit of every society. It carries in it the possibility of reproduction and cultivation of its future members. Dinesh D’Souza calls marriage the “incubator of children.” Only a man and a woman coming together carry the possibility of having children and then raising them. There are exceptions, no doubt. Some couples may be unable to have children and others will choose not to have children. In either of these cases, there exists a natural possibility of creating a family.

While homosexuals have the fundamental right to live as they please, they cannot alter the natural biological outcome of marriage. Only heterosexual couples are eligible to enter into a marriage relationship. While single-parent homes struggle in the absence of one parent, it is still the product of a natural relationship between a man and a woman. No such possibility exists in homosexual relationships. In situations of adoption by same-sex couples, one of the partners is simply role-playing to create a semblance of a daddy or mommy. As it is, children struggle with self-esteem and insecurity. Imagine a generation of children who were “lab-rats” in some insane experiment.

It is time that Americans step back and take a serious look at the absurdity of same-sex marriage. If anything, it is the beginning of self-extermination! It may seem negligible now, but, in time, it will be devastating for our future. Our children are the weakest members of our society and they are depending on us for their survival. Thirty states have already voted in favor of constitutional amendments to preserve marriage between a man and a woman. I believe that on May 8th, North Carolinians will stand up for marriage, for children, and for the future of America.

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