"Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians."
- The truth is that this sentence should be structured the other way around: “Gay and lesbian harm or undermine religious beliefs and treat those that hold them sacred and true as inferior, uninformed, uneducated, and irrational.” This makes a statement against those with religious. It radically discounts the successful, productive, community nourishing lives of religious people. In one sweeping statement, religious people have been denigrated; legally classified as rubes.
"Children do not need to be raised by a male parent and a female parent to be well-adjusted, and having both a male and a female parent does not increase the likelihood that a child will be well-adjusted."
- This statement does not examine the lives of “well-adjusted” children. It basically says that anyone can produce mal-adjusted children. It’s a legal decision based on uninformed opinion, not social science.
"The gender of a child's parent is not a factor in the child's adjustment. The sexual orientation of an individual does not determine whether that individual can be a good parent."
- In the context of current culture, there is truth in this statement. Modern child-rearing has been abdicated by parents and relegated to the public school system for education, discipline, and moral formation.
- If sexual orientation is vital to naturally becoming a parent, then it follows that natural parenting takes a male and a female nurturing and providing for children together. Again, Judge Walker didn’t examine good examples, but bad examples. Bad examples take no effort to produce.
"Same-sex couples are identical to opposite-sex couples in the characteristics relevant to the ability to form successful marital unions."
- This is simply a ludicrously constructed sentence. “Same” is not identical to “opposite”.
"Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage; marriage under law is a union of equals."
- This is not marriage legally interpreted. It is marriage legally re-defined.
- Marriage in every culture in human history has always been religious first. The legal aspects of marriage have flowed from religious tradition, not the other way around.