Gay marriage laws have been in the news recently, as it is the start of a new year, when new laws usually go into effect.
Personally, I'm going to wait for the US Supreme Court to give a ruling on gay marriage. They have two separate bills on this year's agenda which deal with the topic; I'm sure there will be a lot said when those bills are addressed.
In the meantime, I thought I'd mention Illinois. Their senate recently voted on redefining marriage laws. The vote was 8 to 5, in favor of allowing gay marriage. The law didn't pass, so I'm guessing that Illinois requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass laws. It should be noted that some senators were absent for the vote.
My second cousin, Bishop Tom Paprocki, was one of the people who testified before the senate. He's a lawyer, in addition to being a Bishop, which made him an ideal candidate for the job. His testimony was very clear and well done. You can hear his testimony on Youtube, but since that's just an audio file, I'd recommend his video address on the same topic.
I'm going to quote the part of the speech which I found particularly enlightening. "[The bill] would enshrine in our law--and thus in public opinion and practice--three harmful ideas:
1. What essentially makes a marriage is romantic-emotional union.
2. Children don't need both a mother and father.
3. The main purpose of marriage is adult satisfactions."
We can see destructive behavior, which results from these ideas. Marriages built only on emotional attachment, with no solid foundation, crumble quickly. Parents are much more likely to abandon their children, in a system where the presence of both parents is deemed unnecessary. And when marriage's main purpose is adult satisfaction, then there is no reason for marriages to be permanent or monogamous.