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QUESTION: What other non-moral cons are there on same-sex marriage?

ANSWER: Greetings Liz,

I'm sorry I don't understand your question. Can you please rephrase your question because it can be interpreted in many ways.

Kind regards,
Dr. Reece Malone

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QUESTION: Like, besides the bible saying so, what are other negative things about same-sex marriage?

Answer
Thanks for the clarification. As biblical scholars, anthropologists, sociologists, and other historians who have traced and recorded the evolution of scripture and the re-interpretations of passages, if you were to compare passages written back then to passages written today, you can clearly notice how people's re-write of history may be misinterpreted. Because of this, there's a high probability of skewed interpretations of what marriage is, should be, and who can and cannot enjoy the declaration of love and being loved by another human.

That being said, the negative things about same-sex marriage can be compared to the negative things of heterosexual marriage. We see within heterosexual marriage abuse, torment, violence, misogyny, rape, stealing, coveting and many other negative things. A number of heterosexual partners don't dissolve their marriage because they strongly believe in staying married regardless of the quality of that marriage. For example, some husbands feel that they 'own' their wives and therefore can have sex with her regardless of her consent or be violent towards her. Should those situations occur in same-sex marriage, it wouldn't be the marriage in and of itself that's negative, but the quality of the relationship that is negative.

For many, marriage is not just a spiritual contract made in front of one's higher power, family and friends, but also a legal contract so that there is legal equality of property ownership, wills and estate, financial, and equal rights to raising children. For many countries the legal equality that marriage affords can supersede common law spouses and civil unions.

Hope that answers your question.

Kind regards,
Dr. Reece Malone  

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I can answer questions on sexual orientation, gender identity, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and transsexual sexuality (youth and adult), coming out and disclosure, transgender and gender-non conformity including transition process, how to support a partner of someone GLBT, sexuality and faith/spirituality/religion, safer sex and harm reduction, comprehensive sexuality education, and questions from service providers working with LGBT individuals and families.

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I'm currently a full time sexuality educator and facilitator specializing in sexual orientation and gender identity. I hold the positions of the Education Program Coordinator at the Rainbow Resource Centre (supporting LGBTTQ individuals, families and allies) as well as clinical sexologist at Four Rivers Medical Clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. My roles include: sexuality education, counseling/therapy, media spokesperson and consultant. I have sat on several non-profit sexuality organizations as well as been a consultant to the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada. For more information visit: http://www.reecemalone.com

Organizations
American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists, The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, The American College of Sexologists, The Canadian AIDS Information Treatment Exchange, The Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health, The Sexual Health Educator's Network (Manitoba), The International Society for Sexual Medicine.

Publications
Malone, R. (2010). "ShoutOut Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Heterosexism." Rainbow Resource Centre. Winnipeg, Canada. Malone, R. et al (2010). "Your Questions Answered. Gender Identity in Schools." Public Health Agency of Canada. Ottawa, Canada.

Education/Credentials
Undergradate degree in sociology - specialized focus on human sexuality Masters of Public Health (Sexology) Doctorate of Human Sexuality

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