Retrieved 13 October From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You might of course argue that stability in straight relationships is more important than in gay ones, because children are more often involved. Faith schools should not be forced to teach children about same-sex relationships and gender reassignment, says Shraga Stern. But fidelity is crucial because of the issue of children; which is why marriage is a vow, not a contract, and why children are implicitly, if not explicitly, the point of the thing. So gays would be depriving heterosexuals of their rights to an institution which less and less, I grant you offers them protection from infidelity and desertion. Beyond sticks and carrots.
There is a big difference between the promotion of tolerance towards a small minority within the population such as those people with same-sex preferences and tolerance towards a behaviour-type which many people would adopt were there no social restraints on doing so such as cheating on your wife.
Prospect subscribers have full access to all the great content on our website, including our entire archive. Gender identities Sexual identities Sexual diversities. My own guess is that all men would behave more like gay men, were they able to persuade women to accept it. About 8, results for LGBT rights 1 2 3 4 … next. You might of course argue that stability in straight relationships is more important than in gay ones, because children are more often involved.
Aspects of a gay or lesbian marriage such as whether the relationship is sexually open or not would be left to the privacy of the two people involved, just as aspects of heterosexual marriage such as how often the couple have sex, or whether they have children are discreetly decided between a man and a woman. And marriage helps relationships survive by making it sufficiently hard to escape from them that the parties will not do so lightly. It is a bargain between women and men which hinges on faithfulness. For her part, the woman provides exclusive sex in return for his fidelity and his continuing presence to help rear his children. And I know gays and lesbians argue that they can have children through artificial insemination. All I am saying is that it is a bit perverse to stop gay people from adopting any arrangement except the one of which you disapprove.