Analysis of Charles Colson's Essay on Gay Marriage

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In his essay titled “Gay Marriage: Societal Suicide,” Charles Colson talks about his reasons for opposing same-sex marriage. The essays’ main argument is built around Colson’s belief that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to the decoupling of marriage, and ultimately result in what he describes as: “an explosive increase in family collapse, out of wedlock births - and crime.” Colson shares his personal experiences as a prison minister, various studies, statistics, and real world examples to elucidate the reasons behind his controversial stance on marital rights. Although the essay provides a variety of different types of evidence to illustrate Colson’s position on the subject, it is through sharing his personal experiences from …show more content…
However, this brings up the question as to what disadvantages would be imposed on a child raised by two fathers? While ample evidence is provided to solidify his argument for the importance of a father’s presence during childhood, there is none that would similarly suggest the importance of a mother’s presence during a child’s upbringing, and thus creates a significant gap in the essay’s argument suggesting the presence of a premature judgment. In an attempt to demonstrate the relevance behind his shared experiences and observations, Colson attempts to bridge the gap in his evidence by citing Stanley Kurtz of the Hoover Institution and his reference to the events that took place in Norway after the country amended existing legislation to include same-sex couples. He writes that, according to Stanley Kurtz, “It follows that once marriage is redefined to accommodate same-sex couples, that change cannot help but lock in and reinforce the very cultural separation between marriage and parenthood that makes gay marriage conceivable to begin with.” In his original thesis, Colson states that allowing same sex marriage would not only result in

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