Unless unnatural means are used, procreation between man and woman is the only way that the human race can survive. With very few exceptions throughout nature, a male and female are required for the propagation of that species. For 1000’s of years and in nearly all cultures, the formalisation of the partnership between a man and woman for the purpose of procreation, has been a marriage ceremony of some description, be it a religious or non religious ceremony. Our current laws reflect fundamental reason for marriage, i.e. the formalisation of a partnership which has the aim/possibility of producing off spring.
No matter which way you want to look at it a gay couple cannot conceive children without unnatural input. That reason alone in my opinion excludes them from the rite of marriage. This isn’t discrimination it's a fact of life.
One argument I hear as a reason for gay marriage is to allow for adoption. While there is no doubt that gay couples can exceptionally be loving parents I believe that every child deserves both a loving mother and a loving father to aid in their development and mentoring. Boys need a father figure and a mother figure and girls like wise. Two women as a couple or two men as a couple cannot do this.
I respect a gay couples right to live as a loving couple just as a man and woman do in marriage. The Civil Union Bill gives them legal formalisation of their partnership in the same manner marriage does. I don’t see why there is a need to change the laws on marriage to allow gay couples to marry, it won’t enable them to conceive and bear children. What is being achieved with this bill?
As I mentioned above, we don't ban straight couples who can't or won't conceive from getting married, now do we? According to you, we should start!
So when can we expect you to make marriage for fertile only opposite sex couples?
Also, since children require a mother and a mother, will you also be campaigning to ban divorce?
If not, will the state then be taking children from solo mothers/fathers? Including widows?
I eagerly await your campaigning on these issues!