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What GK Chesterton might’ve said to Senator Hanson-Young yesterday

395893_10152007236770257_174796974_nSenator Hanson-Young’s address to the Senate in the marriage ‘equality’ debate yesterday:

The key in this debate is this: how would allowing same-sex couples the same rights as everybody else diminish the institution of marriage?
Clearly it would do nothing to diminish the institution of marriage. In fact, if anything it would strengthen the institution of marriage.

Unfortunately, all the Senator said to address “the key in the debate” was the statement above. In other words, she failed to address the key of the debate.

Not having understood the essence of marriage – and how removing gender from its definition would fundamentally alter it – she did not see the purpose of keeping marriage between a man and a woman.

She could not see how changing the definition would diminish marriage, nor did she explain how the strengthening of marriage would happen.

This brings to mind GK Chesterton’s thoughts on reform:

In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.”

To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.

GK Chesterton, The Thing

We found a good post on the meaning of marriage here.

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3 comments on “What GK Chesterton might’ve said to Senator Hanson-Young yesterday

  1. Paul Shayne
    August 24, 2012

    “She could not see how changing the definition would diminish marriage, nor did she explain how the strengthening of marriage would happen.”

    Unfortunately, this blog post also fails to explain how changing the definition would diminish marriage, nor does it explain how it would weaken marriage, choosing instead to hide behind a sound bite that substitutes substance for empty sophistry.. Pot, kettle, black.

  2. FamilyVoice Australia
    August 27, 2012

    Thanks Paul, did you read the link? http://mattcapps.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/8-insights-from-tim-kellers-the-meaning-of-marriage/ The meaning of marriage is lost when we fail to understand the complementary nature of the sexes.

  3. Paul Shayne
    August 27, 2012

    “The meaning of marriage is lost when we fail to understand the complementary nature of the sexes.”

    It might be more honest to say that YOUR preferred meaning of marriage will be lost. And even that isn’t true at all. You’re still free to believe in and practice marriage according to your preferred definition. What I’m seeing here is the fear from loss of control, that you won’t be able to impose your preferred meaning of marriage on everyone else. Just because you’re no longer the self-appointed guardians of marriage doesn’t mean that marriage will fail. Marriage will grow and thrive as more people are allowed to embrace it on their own terms, yourselves included.

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