By JEREMIAH G. DYS
CHARLESTON -- I was recently in Washington, D.C. for some meetings with pro-family leaders and politicians. Following a day's worth of meetings, I was graciously given a ticket to watch the Washington Nationals play the Anaheim Angels.
As we settled into our seats, the pro-family leaders I was sitting with were surprised to hear the loudspeaker announce, "To sing our National Anthem, please welcome the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C."
The sweet irony of pro-family leaders sitting in the midst of what we soon discovered was "Gay Pride Night" was not lost on any of us!
My colleague's next comment grabbed my attention. Of this 'Gay Men's Chorus,' he said, "What other lifestyle that social science tells us is detrimental to the family would we take time to celebrate like this?"
Indeed. Could you imagine having, "Adulterer's Pride Night" or having the "Pedophile Chorus of Washington, D.C." sing the National Anthem?
While it is regrettable that those men are held captive to the grip of a self-destructive lifestyle, what is more regrettable is that politicians and judges are imposing policies that will undermine the family by knowingly depriving kids of a married mom and dad.
When I got back home, I happened upon the website for Dr. Trayce Hansen, a clinical, forensic psychologist who has debunked the very social science research the radical homosexual lobby misuses to support its push for the redefinition of the family.
In one of her writings, she concludes, "[A]lthough we empathize with those homosexuals who long to be married and parent children, we mustn't allow our compassion for them to trump our compassion for children. In a contest between the desires of some homosexuals and the needs of all children, we can't allow the children to lose."
It is for the benefit of children and our future societies that we set government policies to encourage the union of one man and one woman and reject those policies seeking to give aid to the expansion, fracture, or redefinition of the core family unit.
As Dr. Hansen says, "The accumulated wisdom of over 2,000 years has concluded that the ideal marital and parental configuration is composed of one man and one woman." When judges and politicians disregard the wisdom of the electorate and redefine a family to appease less than 2% of the nation's population, our children are placed squarely in harms way.
"Arrogantly disregarding such time-tested wisdom," says Dr. Hansen, "and using children as guinea pigs in a radical experiment is risky at best, and cataclysmic at worst. Same-sex marriage definitely isn't in the best interest of children."
Love, regrettably, is not enough. Vibrant families are defined more by the complimentarity each member uniquely contributes to the other, and less by the level of love he or she is possessed of.
I agree with Dr. Hansen, "Mothers and fathers simply are not interchangeable. Two women can both be good mothers, but neither can be a good father."
Dys is the president and general counsel of The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, a servant organization advocating for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom. Read more from Dr. Hansen by visiting www.familypolicywv.com.