The United States Supreme Court should not force the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage through a Supreme Court decision in which prohibitions on same-sex marriage are declared to be unconstitutional, even if some of the justices of the United States Supreme Court personally believe that same-sex marriage should be legal nationwide. Similar to what happened when abortion-on-demand was legalized nationwide in the United States, forcing the legalization of same-sex marriage through a United States Supreme Court decision will lead to increased support for same-sex marriage in the United States, will lead to an increased willingness to enter into same-sex marriages by homosexual persons who are in a same-sex romantic relationship, and will lead to an increase in the number of children who are raised in same-sex households as a result of the increase in same-sex marriages that would occur if it is legalized nationwide through a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Even though some of the supporters of same-sex marriage claim that a ban on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination against homosexual persons, a prohibition of same-sex marriage does not constitute discrimination against homosexual persons because the prohibitions on same-sex marriage apply to all persons and not only to homosexual persons, because non-homosexual persons do not have the right to same-sex marriage in places where it is illegal, because the prohibitions on same-sex marriage are equally applicable to all persons in places where same-sex marriage is illegal without exception, and because homosexual persons who are not legally married have a legal right to contract a marriage with a person of the opposite gender. A ban on same-sex marriage can only constitute discrimination against homosexual persons when two non-homosexual persons of the same gender have a legal right to enter into a same-sex marriage but two homosexual persons of the same gender do not have a legal right to enter into a same-sex marriage, but there is no support for this kind of discrimination.
Traditional marriage, or marriage between a man and a woman, has existed in many cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. There are still many individuals throughout the world who still adhere to the traditional belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman who love each other, despite increased support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Western countries. Traditional marriage between a man and a woman is materially different from same-sex marriage, and the fact that same-sex marriages are between two persons of the same gender and traditional marriages are always between a man and a woman is not the only material difference between same-sex marriage and traditional marriage. Because there are many material differences between traditional marriages and same-sex marriages, the law should uphold the traditional definition of marriage, which is defined as a legally recognized union between a man and a woman. In addition, the legalization of same-sex marriage will destroy traditional beliefs that have been deeply upheld by many individuals, many cultures, and many religions throughout the world for thousands of years.
Although the legalization of same-sex marriage will give same-sex couples legal rights that were previously restricted to couples who are in legally recognized traditional marriages, traditional marriage is a substantially different reality from same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples are always incapable of having biological children together, but some of the couples who are in traditional marriages are able to have biological children together. Additionally, same-sex marriages by their very nature deprive children who are raised by a same-sex married couple of at least one of their biological parents because children who are raised in same-sex marriages always have a biological parent who is of the gender that is opposite that of the same-sex couple and who is not a party to the same-sex marriage. Furthermore, a traditional marriage is intended to be consummated through an act of marital relations that is open to the conception of a new child, but same-sex marriages are incapable of being properly consummated because same-sex couples are incapable of engaging in sexual acts between each other that can result in the conception of a new child.
There are some homosexual persons in the United States who oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage, and not every person who suffers from same-sex sexual attraction is willing to enter into a same-sex marriage. In addition, some of the individuals who have previously suffered from same-sex sexual attraction did end up in a successful marriage with a person of the opposite gender. It is often possible for individuals who suffer from same-sex sexual attraction to overcome such an attraction with appropriate help. The individuals who are supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States are sending the wrong message to those who are suffering from same-sex sexual attraction because the supporters of same-sex marriage fail to take into account that there is hope for those individuals who are suffering from unwanted same-sex sexual attraction.
A decision by the United States Supreme Court that legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide will have many bad consequences for American society. Like what happened when abortion was legalized nationwide as a result of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, there will be increased support for keeping same-sex marriage legal in the United States following a Supreme Court decision that legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide, and the support for legalized same-sex marriage in the United States will continue to exist for decades if it is legalized nationwide through a United States Supreme Court decision. In addition, the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage will lessen the incentive for individuals who suffer from same-sex sexual attraction to obtain help in overcoming such an attraction, will lead to an increased demand for assisted reproductive technologies by same-sex couples, will lead to more children being adopted by same-sex couples, and will deprive more children of at least one of their biological parents. Such a decision will also ultimately lead to the destruction of the traditional family structure in the United States as a result of the increase in the number of same-sex marriages that would exist subsequent to the nationwide legalization through a United States Supreme Court decision as well as an increase of the number of children who would be raised in same-sex households.