Biblical arguments aside, there are several other persuasive reasons why Gov.Martin O'Malley's same-sex marriage bill is not a good idea.
Inscribed in the heart of all of us by nature is the primary purpose of marriage between a man and a woman — procreation and raising children.
Same-sex couples are adopting children or choosing other means now available to conceive a child. However, the child of a same-sex "marriage" will be deprived the role model of a natural mother or father to provide for the development of that child.
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Women, in general, are more relationship-oriented and emotional. Men are generally more protective, disciplined, responsible and physically stronger. These differences between sexes help heterosexual couples complement each other's strengths and weaknesses better than what is possible in same-sex partners. In this way, heterosexual couples create more well-being and happiness for themselves and for their children.
Children stand a better chance to grow up and lead a successful, normal life if they experience a loving, close relationship with a parent of both sexes.
Benedict Frederick, Jr., Pasadena