"In responding to Dennis Irvine’s letter regarding gay marriage (3/12), it is hard to believe that a person could be so disconnected from the facts.
Firstly, a literal reading of the Biblical account of creation (i.e. Adam and Eve) has been disproven by science. The evidence shows that humans evolved from, and still are, animals.
This does not disprove God, of course. It merely disproves that the Bible has an accurate portrayal of the origins of humanity.
The second point worth mentioning would be that it appears that Mr. Irvine is being selective in what he takes from the Bible.
In the same book that prohibits homosexual interactions, it also prohibits trimming the sides of one’s beard.
I doubt Mr. Irvine would write such an impassioned objection to the ‘immorality of beard trimming’.
The more relevant correction would be that there is no evidence that raising children in a same-sex environment is detrimental to their development.
It appears that the more important factor is whether children are raised in a loving environment, regardless of the gender of the parents.
Finally, it should be noted also that our society is a secular one. As such, our laws must have a reason that is not specific to religion. The justification must be relevant to all individuals, be they religious or non-religious.
Secularity is the only way in which a society that is comprised of religious and non-religious individuals can interact without the oppression of one group or the other.
Therefore, if you wish to argue that the law should not recognize gay marriage, a secular justification needs to be provided, not one based on personal religious beliefs."
As always, if I get a response, I will post more details.