Professors Critical of Same-Sex Marriage Conference

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNS) - A conference exploring the legal recognition of homosexual marriage is being criticized by a group of international law professors for not examining the benefits of traditional marriage between men and women.

163 legal experts from around the globe Wednesday released a declaration "To Reaffirm Marriage," supporting the concept of marriage between a man and a woman, and described as "disappointing" a same-sex marriage conference at King's College School of Law in London because "the professors on the program will fail to represent a crucial position on the law of marriage," that centers on the traditional family.

The declaration, prepared by the Washington, D.C. based Marriage Law Project, admits it has "no simple recipe," for answering the question of homosexual marriage, but says the signers are "united in the conviction that the legal definition of marriage, as the union of a man and a woman, should not be changed."

The issue of homosexual marriage has taken on legal overtones in Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont, California and Massachusetts, and a number of pro-homosexual groups are advocating marriage between members of the same sex, framing the debate in terms of equality and justice.

But the declaration to reaffirm marriage said that re-defining marriage to include homosexual marriage would "undermine these causes," by creating "unprecedented moral, social and legal confusion," in society.

In making the declaration, the legal experts noted that traditional marriage is "built into the fabric of social life," in nations around the world and warned against arbitrarily re-defining the institution. The document also highlights the importance of traditional marriage for children, saying the marriage between a man and a woman "provides incomparable benefits to society."

The signers of the declaration acknowledged that they may run afoul of contemporary political correctness regarding homosexuality, but defended their position as one that "represents the beliefs and practices of the overwhelming majority of humanity."