Rebecca Hagelin
Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts visited The Heritage Foundation last week, right after addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee on the issue of same-sex "marriage." He presides over the one state where such unions are legal ? and knows all too well that his state is currently Ground Zero in the great cultural debate of our time.

He says ? and I, along with millions of other Americans, strongly agree ? that Americans have a clear and compelling interest in preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman and in rejecting all other arrangements. We must encourage and protect the family arrangement that does the best job of ensuring a decent upbringing for our children, one that imbues them with the values of their forefathers ? the values that made their society what it is ? not purposely create families that are void of a mother or father from the outset.

Gov. Romney accurately says that allowing this court ruling to stand would force numerous other changes. School textbooks, for instance, would have to be rewritten so as to show no bias in favor of heterosexual over homosexual relationships in family matters. The military would have to change. Current insurance structures and wills would be challenged. The list is endless. In Massachusetts, homosexual activists are already demanding that the state's birth certificates say "parent A" and "parent B," rather than "father" and "mother." The good governor is fighting this effort ? but who knows where and how it will end?

Woe unto us, quite frankly, if we allow our generation to be the one that lets Massachusettes' legal slip into unbridled selfishness and mayhem go uncorrected.

Yes, many heterosexual marriages have problems, and redefining the institution will only weaken the husband-wife concept. It also completely destroys the notion that fulfilling marriages are found only when they are composed of both a husband and wife.

My cousin, Peggy Tucker, recently wrote a poignant reminder of the beautiful relationship God intended for us to enjoy when he created man and woman for each other. Her essay was one of 25 chosen from 500 submitted for a "Focus on the Family" website about marriage:

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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