Rebecca Hagelin

The children of such marriages ? the future of our country ? grow up to earn more, learn more, live healthier, more active, more outgoing, more happy lives than those in other family models. They are less likely to become depressed, to repeat a grade in school, to get in trouble with the law, alcohol or drugs or to fail in their own relationships. Stability begets stability.

And again, if the question is: Which decision ? for the amendment or against the amendment to protect the institution of marriage ? will produce the most happiness among Americans, let's consider all this data.

States are taking action to protect marriage in the meantime. In two states ? Missouri and Louisiana ? voters already have approved by huge margins ballot initiatives to protect marriage in their constitutions. Eleven more will consider the same question in November. One lesson we can learn from the abortion debate is that having the courts decide will lead neither to true resolution of the issue nor to consensus among the American people. Courts should not be issuing policy edicts like this. The people should speak ? and they are doing so through their ballots.

I'm not telling the House how to vote on Thursday, though you can. But I am saying that my view ? that marriage should be limited to the union of one man and one woman ? doesn't make me a Neanderthal. And even if you think it does, what's the harm in letting the people ? rather than courts that often come far from a.) reflecting our views and b.) doing what's best for America ? decide?

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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