from Cagle’s Blog.
I read this news article from New York Times because it came up on my iGoogle homepage (a good way to force-feed yourself the real world).
An old Christian couple was arguing against Same-Sex Marriage with what they believed to be a new twist: Biology instead of Religion.
“It takes a man and a woman to create children and thus create a family,” the old lady said. Implying that since two men or two women cannot create cihldren, they cannot create a family. What a novel concept!
But the interesting thing is, this old couple cannot have children either. Uh-oh. I think her statement has to be modified to “It takes a viable man and a viable woman to create children and thus create a family,” and if she really wants to link the ability to reproduce to the validity for marriage, then she would be the first one to sign away her marriage certificate.
They were quick to back away from that unsupportable argument (otherwise they would be taking on everyone with infertility issues including themselves), and argued that children brought up by parents of the same sex have a disadvantage over children brought up by heterosexual parents.
Hm, so, where’s the biology in that? Biologically, we seek a mom (F) and a dad (M)? Maybe. Although I can’t help but to think of the little ducklings who follow the duck farmer because he was around when they hatched. Were they biologically programmed to find someone who’s 100 times bigger than themselves, or just someone who could take care of them?
Bottom line is, I believe no one can use any scientific field to argue against same-sex marriage, much the same way as using science to argue about abortion, morality, etc. Science is based on empirical observations and critical examinations that never seeks to prove, but to disprove. Any absolute claim such as “same-sex marriage is absolutely unacceptable” or “gravity absolutely exists” is unsupportable by science: science can only say “gravity has so far been found everywhere we looked, and it has thus far followed the Law of Gravitation. Until this is disproved, let’s accept this hypothesis for the sake of progress.”
Although biology may be less rigorous and “clean-cut” than physics and math, just because you feel you need parents of both sexes doesn’t make it a biological fact.
So please play the ball in your own field, mister and mis’ess.