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Yes Homosexual Marriage Changes Everything

Sep 9, 2017

Yes, when a radical social experiment like the legalisation of homosexual marriage takes place, everything changes. This is certainly not the first time I have sought to make this case – more like the hundredth at least. And it won’t be the last. I have documented this repeatedly in books and articles over the past few decades.

Yet critics mock the idea of a slippery slope in action. Well, the slope is most certainly real. There will always be consequences and flow on effects from momentous legal and social changes – some intended, some perhaps not. But nothing can remain the same when the most important social institutions of human history – marriage and family – are redefined out of existence.

We simply need to look overseas to see how this is being massively played out. Pick your country. Try the United Kingdom for example where homosexual marriage was legalised four years ago. David Sergeant has just written about all the massive negative changes that have followed on from this. He writes:

In the United Kingdom, it has become abundantly clear that redefinition has affected many people, across many spheres. At first glance, these spheres appeared distinct from marriage redefinition. However, subsequent changes, have proved that they are entirely intertwined.

He examines four major areas that have been radically impacted: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, gender, and children. Let me look at the last two. He writes:

Manifestations of the ‘British gender revolution’ are not difficult to find. Transport for London, have prohibited the use of the ‘heteronormative’ words, such as ladies and gentlemen. Meanwhile, universities across the nation are threatening to ‘mark down’ students, who continue to use the words ‘he’ and ‘she’. Instead, ‘gender neutral pronouns’ such as ‘ze’, must be uniformly applied….
Across the UK, ‘sex education’ has been transformed and disfigured. TV programmes, aimed at children as young as three, promote ‘gender fluidity’, as an enabler of thoughtfulness and individuality.
At the same time, Ministers have denied worried parents the right to withdraw their children from primary school classes. Meanwhile, ‘outside educators’ teach children about sex positions, ‘satisfying’ pornography consumption and how to masturbate. Concerns regarding STI’s and Promiscuity, are derided as ‘old-fashioned’. Independent religious schools are under intense scrutiny.

Something he doesn’t mention in his article is the recent revelation that a major chain of high-end department stores in the UK has targeted both gender and children by eliminating gendered children’s clothing sections! As one news report stated:

John Lewis has become the first UK retailer to remove gender labels from its children’s clothing. The department store chain has not only taken “girls” and “boys” labels from clothes, but has also done away with the separate sections in stores….
Caroline Bettis, the head of childrenswear at John Lewis, said: “We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear.”

Good grief. As another piece on this states:

Shoppers now expect the store’s next step to be to abolish ‘menswear’ and ‘womenswear’ sections. It will then abolish ‘electrical’ and ‘household’. They will wander confused and aimless through its stores buying nothing.
One person tweeted: ‘You have let us all down John Lewis, if only people stopped pandering to the PC brigade. There are only two sexes, male or female.’ Another wrote: ‘John Lewis’s introduction of ‘gender neutral’ kids clothes is a worrying sign of the times. Expect mental health issues to rocket.’

Coupled with all these massive changes are of course severe restrictions on freedom. Sergeant continues:

Much was made in the UK, about supposed exemptions, designed to ensure that believers would always be allowed to stay true to their convictions. Four years later, the very same people who made ‘heartfelt promises’, now work tirelessly to undermine them.
Equalities minister Justine Greening, has insisted that churches must be made to: ‘Keep up with modern attitudes’. Likewise, the Speaker of the House of Commons, a position supposedly defined by its political neutrality, had this to say: I feel we’ll only have proper equal marriage when you can bloody well get married in a church if you want to do so, without having to fight the church for the equality that should be your right’….
In the lead-up to the Parliamentary vote, we witnessed almost incomprehensible bullying. David Burrows MP, a mild-mannered supporter of the ‘Coalition for Marriage’, had excrement thrown at his house. His children received death threats and their school address was published online. Similarly, ‘Conservative’ broadcaster Iain Dale promised to, ‘publicly out’ gay MP’s, who did not vote for redefinition.
Many hardworking Brits have lost their jobs. Consider Adrian Smith, sacked by a Manchester Housing Trust, for suggesting that the state: ‘shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith and conscience’. Or Richard Page, fired for gross misconduct after articulating, that children might enjoy better outcomes, were they to be adopted by heterosexual couples. Simultaneously, contrary to ‘steadfast’ government assurances, small businesses have been consistently targeted.

He then writes:

In retrospect, the silent majority in Britain remained silent for too long. Reflecting on redefinition, Ben Harris-Quinney, Chairman of the Bow Group think tank pondered that: ‘Same-sex marriage was promoted in the UK, as an issue of supposed tolerance and equality. What we have seen, is the most unequal and intolerant outcomes of any political issue in recent history’.

He pleads with Australians to wake up and face reality: “I urge every Aussie to examine the evidence, analyse the results and be clear about what you’re voting for. If it was solely marriage, it would be worth preserving. It’s infinitely more.”

Rod Dreher recently wrote about this piece, and concluded with these words:

Read the whole thing. This is a clear manifestation of the Law of Merited Impossibility (“It will never happen, and when it does, you bigots will deserve it.”) It is now perfectly clear that those American activists and allies who said that changing marriage law would not be a big deal, and would only mean allowing same-sex couples to marry, were lying — either by intention, or by naively assuming that the juggernaut would stop right there and go no further. A friend of mine told me a couple of weeks ago that two second graders in his kid’s school are “transitioning,” and that his high school daughter came home from school to inform her parents that believing in “the gender binary” is tantamount to racial hatred.
As the SOGI phenomenon achieves cultural hegemony, orthodox Christians are going to be marginalized and scapegoated more and more. If you are a pastor or some kind of church leader, and you aren’t mobilizing your congregation to understand the times and get active to resist this, what is wrong with you? If you are a social or religious conservative who thinks somehow that this is going to pass you by, and leave your kids and your church and your kids’ school alone, so you don’t have to worry about it, well, what is wrong with you?
We have to fight in politics, we have to fight in the courts, but none of those battles will be worth winning if we haven’t fought in schools, churches, families, and elsewhere in the culture to defend our convictions. And note well, it cannot simply be a matter of saying what we are against; it must also, and even more strongly, be a matter of saying what we are for — and then doing what we must to live those things out, as well as to build the institutions, networks, and cells within which to build resistance.
Everybody else, say hello to Lactatia, the eight-year-old drag queen, in this clip from Elle magazine. That’s what Weimar America’s betters think of as a child hero and role model. The Soviets had Pavlik Morozov, the child hero who denounced his father to Stalin’s agents. We’ve got Lactatia.

Yes there is a slippery slope in action, and yes, everything changes when radical upheaval is foisted upon us by the sexual militants and the social engineers. We have been forewarned. Will we wake up and say no to this wholesale destruction of faith, family and freedom, or will we allow Australia to also be crushed under the rainbow steamroller?

www.spectator.com.au/2017/09/whats-changed-in-britain-since-same-sex-marriage/
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/john-lewis-boys-girls-clothing-labels-gender-neutral-unisex-children-a7925336.html
www.christianvoice.org.uk/index.php/no-boys-girls-john-lewis/
www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/fruits-same-sex-marriage-australia-uk/

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14 Responses to Yes Homosexual Marriage Changes Everything

  • The Cultural Marxists are at it again with this:- www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-08/should-australian-schools-force-girls-to-wear-skirts/8879222

    The Bible has the answer to every question. For this one it is Deuteronomy 22:5.

    If we as a nation defy God with such abominations, we cannot plead ignorance when we receive His just punishment.

    The Reverend Danny Nalliah was vilified by the hysterical left for speaking the truth about the Black Saturday bushfires.

    Do we want to risk history repeating itself?

    All over there is abundant dry tinder setting the scene for a terrible summer of bushfires.

    Is this the time we want to turn our backs on God and forsake His protection?

    Or will we as a nation repent and throw ourselves at His feet and beseech Him to protect us from the wages of our sin?

  • Bill, this is an excellent article of great examples of why we as a nation should not go down this path. You have been a strong voice against redefining our marriage act, and the seriously negative implications if the “Yes” side wins. Love is Love, BS. To push through this as a pathway to other evil agendas. I am praying that our nation of Australia will rise up and stand for righteousness.

  • I have not found many examples of persecution in New Zealand where I live, apart from the ongoing attempt to deregister Family First a pro-life, pro-family Christian Charity precisely for their Biblical stance on marriage.

    This lack of examples concerns me because it suggests that in other countries people take a stand and pay the consequences. Why would we not suffer to the extent I see in the UK, unless we are too compromised already?

    I hope and pray that Australia wins this battle. If the outcome is what we want, then I can be sure that the persecution and howls of outrage, anger and bitterness – which can only be resolved by the Jesus Christ and his work at the Cross – will continue. In other words, Jesus’ own prediction that the wheat and the tares will continue to grow until the harvest is ripe will come true. Righteousness and wickedness will both continue to grow. That we can be sure of.

    So in that vein – Bill, everyone – continue to fight the battle, to be a witness, to be the full grown wheat so that the world knows. I heard in a recent sermon that the battle is not between God and Satan (God has won that battle already). The battle is between Satan and the lost. He will use every means to keep them from Christ and so we have to recognise that salvation is on offer to all, even while at the same time we speak out against sin in all its forms.

    If Australia chooses ‘same sex marriage’ then nonetheless we will continue to represent righteousness, speak the truth, show the gospel and condemn sin. The wheat will still grow up with the tares.

  • If you’re feeling really strong, have a look at Lactatia. But only if you can cope with depravity!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7T6qU16fT4

    The parents seem to be appropriate role models.

    Coming to a school near you…

  • Perhaps New Zealand still has more of a live and let live approach Matthew? I was about to suggest it could be due to when legislation was passed – not enough time for cases to arise, but seems like NZ actually passed the legislation before the US or UK. With the exception of Canada SSM has only been law for 2-4 years in English speaking countries and the language barrier makes it far harder to determine the problems in non-English speaking nations. And of course if Christianity is largely dead in countries which have legislated SSM then the probability of conflict is greatly reduced – not exactly a good thing of course. Factor in general MSM disinterest in reporting about problems with SSM and there’s limits on how much information we can access, If it helps here’s the timeline:

    2001 Netherlands
    2003 Belgium
    2005 Spain, Canada
    2006 South Africa
    2009 Norway, Sweden
    2010 Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, ~Mexico
    2012 Denmark
    2013 Brazil, France, Uruguay, New Zealand
    2014 England, Wales & Scotland
    2015 Luxembourg, US, Ireland
    2016 Columbia
    2017 Finland, Malta, Germany
    TDB Taiwan

    I’m reminded of Israel in OT times – when God warned shape up or the X will invade. Sometimes they listened, sometimes they got invaded. The question for Australia is whether it is more interested in retaining some semblance of godliness, or whether it insists on embracing sin and the consequences that go along with that choice.

    On a side note, what do Christians in NZ do if they want to marry? Do churches offer government licenced homosexual marriage or have some gone independent and decided to offer ecclesiastical marriage instead as the Presbyterian Church this side of the ditch discussed?

  • Thanks Andrew. You raise some good questions there, some of which I have offered answers to elsewhere. As to your list, here is the one I have been putting together. (But they still amount to a tiny minority of all nations!)

    1 – The Netherlands – April 1, 2001
    2 – Belgium – January 30, 2003
    3 – Spain – June 29, 2005
    4 – Canada – July 20, 2005
    5 – South Africa – November 30, 2006
    6 – Norway – January 1, 2009
    7 – Sweden – April 2, 2009
    Mexico – March 4, 2010 but only in Mexico City
    8 – Portugal – June 5, 2010
    9 – Iceland – June 11, 2010
    10 – Argentina – July 14, 2010
    11 – Denmark – June 15, 2012
    12 – Uruguay – April 10, 2013
    13 – New Zealand – April 17, 2013
    14 – France – April 23, 2013
    15 – Brazil – May 14, 2013
    16 – England – July 17, 2013
    17 – Wales – July 17, 2013
    18 – Scotland – February 2014
    19 – Luxembourg – June 18, 2014
    20 – Finland – November 28, 2014
    21 – Ireland – May 22, 2015
    22 – Greenland – May 26, 2015
    23 – Pitcairn Island – June 22, 2015
    24 – US – June 26, 2015
    25 – Columbia – April 29, 2016
    26 – Germany – May 29, 2017

  • …We have been fortunate enough to live in a time when virtue, though it does not triumph, is nonetheless not always tormented by attack dogs. Beaten down, sickly, virtue has now been allowed to enter in all its tatters and sit in the corner, as long as it doesn’t raise its voice.

    However, no one dares say a word about vice. Yes, they did mock virtue, but there was no vice in that… – Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, from Part I, Chapter 4

  • While I’m showing how entertaining all the SSM lifestyle is, here’s another few scenes from our future:

    “Good morning. We want to apply for a marriage licence.”
    “Names?”, asked the clerk.
    “Tim and Jim Jones.”
    “Jones? Are you related? I do see a resemblance.”
    “Yes, we’re brothers.”
    “Brothers? You can’t get married.”
    “Why not? Aren’t you giving marriage licences to same gender couples?”
    “Yes, thousands. But we haven’t had any siblings. That’s incest!”
    “Incest? No, we are not gay.”
    “Not gay? Then why do you want to get married?”
    “For the financial benefits, of course. And we do love each other. Besides, we don’t have any other prospects.”
    “But we’re issuing marriage licences to gay and lesbian couples who’ve claim they’d been denied equal protection under law. If you are not gay, you can get married to a woman.”
    “Wait a minute. A gay man has the same right to marry a woman as I have. But just because I’m straight doesn’t mean I want to marry a woman. I want to marry Jim.”
    “And I want to marry Tim, Are you going to discriminate against us just because we are not gay?”
    “All right, all right. I’ll give you your license. Next.”

    “Hi. We are here to get married.”
    “Names?”
    “John Smith, Jane James, Robert Green, and June Johnson.”
    “Who wants to marry whom?”
    “We all want to marry each other.”
    “But there are four of you!”
    “That’s right. You see, we’re all bisexual. I love Jane and Robert, Jane loves me and June, June loves Robert and Jane, and Robert loves June and me. All of us getting married together is the only way that we can express our sexual preferences in a marital relationship.”
    “But we’ve only been granting licenses to gay and lesbian couples.”
    “So you’re discriminating against bisexuals!”
    “No, it’s just that, well, the traditional idea of marriage is that it’s just for couples.”
    “Since when are you standing on tradition?”
    “Well, I mean, you have to draw the line somewhere.”
    “Who says? There’s no logical reason to limit marriage to couples. The more the better. Besides, we demand our rights! The government says the constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. Give us a marriage licence!”

    “All right, all right. Next.”
    “Hello, I’d like a marriage licence.”
    “In what names?”
    “David Anderson.”
    “And the other person?”
    “That’s all. I want to marry myself.”
    “Marry yourself?? What do you mean?”
    “Well, my psychiatrist says I have a dual personality, so I want to marry the two together. Maybe I can file a joint income-tax return.”
    “That does it! I quit! You people are making a mockery of marriage!”

  • Thanks Bill. Yes I have used that one before.

  • “Same-sex marriage” isn’t wrong because it has harmful consequences. “Same-sex marriage” has harmful consequences because it is wrong in itself.

    The consummated union of man and woman that makes marriage and human life possible, is literally written all over you in your DNA. The fake consummation of a “Same-sex marriage” based in sodomy, is an act of self-rejection. Putting your genitals in another person’s mouth or anus and calling ‘marriage’ is no more healthy or normal than shoving food up your nose and calling it ‘eating’.

    The LGBTIQ demand for public approval via “gay pride” shows that sodomy can never satisfy the natural human desire for sexual fulfilment and fruitfulness. Married couples don’t need public celebrations of their sexuality, because they can celebrate the result of their sexuality, their children.

  • GOD loves the sinner! but hates the sin! leads to DEATH.

  • RE: “Ministers have denied worried parents the right to withdraw their children from primary school classes. Meanwhile, ‘outside educators’ teach children about sex positions, ‘satisfying’ pornography consumption and how to masturbate. Concerns regarding STI’s and Promiscuity, are derided as ‘old-fashioned’”

    Then I am reminded how close a description these days are of the “End Times”:
    “The day is coming when you will see of what Daniel the prophet spoke …. So when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (Mark 13:15 and 24:15)
    The first reference was re the Roman power profaning the temple (Mk 13:14; see Dn 9:27), but also referred to any openly defiant ugly profanity in the future eg the widespread public elevation (to the level of sacredness) of same-sex-marriage (homosexuality being a serious defiance against God and giving fullest illustration (alongside the monumental arrogance of some secular ‘scientists’) of Satan’s temptation from Genesis chapter 3 that “you will become like God.”

    Other examples:
    * The Coming Persecution. 9 “… They will hand you over to the courts… You will be arraigned before governors and kings because of me, as a witness before them… 13 You will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”
    * The pigheaded intolerant persecution against Christians is now relentless worldwide as they oppose eg same-sex-marriage, abortion, euthanasia, etc. eg Kim Davis who refused to process “marriage papers” for a homosexual pair; Dr Church who was sacked for being truthfull re health dangers of homosexuality etc etc.

    but then …
    * The Coming of the Son of Man. 24j “But in those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light,k 25and the stars will be falling from the sky and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
    26* l And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’ with great power and glory, 27and then he will send out the angels and gather [his] elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

    Thank you Bill, for your insightful articles

  • RE: “It is now perfectly clear that those American activists and allies who said that changing marriage law would not be a big deal, and would only mean allowing same-sex couples to marry, were lying — either by intention, or by naively assuming that the juggernaut would stop right there and go no further”

    Having rejected any moral-framework, the Marxist left have no difficulty becoming pathological liars and psychopaths.

    LYING means nothing to the Marxist left. It is part of the strategy – with a “dumbed-down” society falling for every one of their propaganda tricks. Wilful ignorance is what Marxist depend on to exploit the public. This age has demonstrated that it is the least wise in history and – as G K Chesterton said, “when one believes in nothing, it begins to believe in anything” (made popular).

    MARXIST ideology and methods have been at the forefront of the worldwide push to change marriage legislation and definitions. A leading LGBT activist, Masha Gessen told a Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2012 that “fighting for gay marriage generally INVOLVES LYING about what we are going to do when we get there, because we LIE that the institution of marriage is NOT going to change. But again, I DON’T think it should exist.”

    Then read Professor Gabrielle Kuby’s “Destruction of Freedom … In The Name of Freedom” —and see all the jig-saw pieces fall into place leading to a one-world-government and homofascist totalitarianism… especially when “The answer is well elucidated by J. Douglas Johnson in a recent essay for Crisis magazine. Johnson explains that the term “sexual revolution” was coined in the 1920s by Dr. Wilhelm Reich, an atheist psychiatrist in Sigmund Freud’s clinic who joined the Communist Party and referred to himself as a “Freudo-Marxist.” Reich devoutly believed in a Marxist utopia … but Western societies could be “HOLLOWED OUT from within.” And the easiest way to accomplish this, he argued, was to spark a “sexual revolution” that would destroy the natural family” AND when “Reich correctly surmised,” Johnson writes, “that the way to knock the props out from underneath the American family would be to condition Western man to see contraception, fornication, pornography, sodomy, etc. as perfectly normal and not unhealthy things.” Reich also urged implementation of sex education in schools as the best way to “divest parents of their moral authority.” (see the transposing of such ideology of Roz Ward, the MARXIST founder of “Safe-Schools” in Australia – into Australian schools).

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