Our post-modern culture has been struggling with the issue of human sexuality for the last decade. The state of Vermont, where I live, has been at the forefront of this debate. Nine years ago we were the first state to allow a legal "marriage-like" civil union for gays and lesbians. Now there is growing pressure in our state to make civil unions into actual marriages. There has been much in our local paper about this issue. I sent this letter to the editor of my local paper this morning and thought my blog readers might appreciate this unique twist on the subject.
I found great irony in the articles on the front page of yesterday’s Times Argus. The main headline said “Gay-marriage hearing fills House” while a smaller headline at the bottom of the page said “Vermont’s birth rate still lowest in the nation.” Regardless of what one may believe about the moral and religious issues concerning gay marriage, should gay marriage become the law in Vermont, it will only compound the low birth rate problem.
Gay marriages will never produce children. They may acquire children from other sources, but they will never produce them on their own. It simply can’t happen. I learned this in 7th grade biology class, and even with all the advancements in technology, biology is still biology.
For those who do not think that low birth rates are a problem, then consider the impact of low birth rates on local schools, on the work force and on long term tax revenue. Low birth rates are a problem. Gay marriage may not have caused the low birth rates, but they cannot help reverse the trend either. We should consider carefully the full impact of this proposed legislation on Vermont’s long term future.
Terry Dorsett, Director
Green Mountain Baptist Association
30 Jones Brothers Way, Suite B
Barre VT 05641