Are Homosexual Civil Rights Being Denied?
There continues to be much debate regarding the issue of civil rights
for homosexual couples. Some say that homosexuals are being denied civil
rights, while others claim they are not. Without a good understanding of
rights it can be difficult to reconcile such opposing views. What follows
is the required knowledge from a respected intellectual, Dr. Mark Lowery,
Professor of Social Ethics:
A simple definition of justice is ‘giving the other
his due,’ that which is just or right. The right, then, is what
the virtue of justice is ordered toward, i.e. the object of justice,
and the act of justice is the giving of the right.
From this definition it is clear that as homosexuals, as persons can not
claim the right to marry, nor the right to adopt children
without being in conflict with nature. However, all persons acting in harmony
with nature can claim rights, such as homosexuals' right to life
and liberty or heterosexuals' right to marry and adopt.
Behind the whole concept of the right lie several anthropological
presuppositions. First, the personalist principle: the right presupposes
a person of inalienable worth. A being without such worth does not have
any rights strictly speaking. For instance, say I am in the habit of giving
my dog a bone each day. My dog does not have a right to that BONE!
If I don't give the dog a bone, I have not violated its rights.
Man's nature is that of a person, not an object; an end, not a means.
And so, the only reason a person can claim any rights is because
that person is a being of a particular sort, of a particular nature.
As a result of this, one can never claim any particular right that is not
in accord with nature, with the natural law. Rights can never conflict
with the natural law. If a person claims a right that is out of accord
with the natural law, that person makes a false claim. Rights only exist
in the compass of nature. That is why the notions of ‘homosexual rights’
or ‘animal rights’ are all false and illusory claims. No one has a right
to do what is wrong. Rights must always harmonize with nature. Rights
cannot be torn outside the context of nature.1
In conclusion, the claim that civil rights of homosexuals are
being violated is obviously false. Additionally, granting the false right
of adoption to homosexuals denies children their
right to the natural
father-child and mother-child relationships.
1Dr. Mark Lowery, Class
Notes, Social Ethics, University of Dallas, 2000