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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

Born in the USA! Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 11:28 AM
In your view, race and sexual orientation are very different because racism is wrong and homophobia is ok but it was not long ago many thought they were both totally justified and people used the bible to justify their feelings. It will not be long before almost all people realize there is no rational reason for homophobia, just like there is none for racism. You clearly don't realize this for homophobia but your future family members will.

NOTE: This is the sixth and final column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The fifth column is available here.

Much of the debate surrounding same-sex marriage asks about societal harms. Many advocates of the change quickly dismiss the question and insist that a redefinition of marriage won’t hurt anyone. But that conclusion proceeds from a misperception about what marriage is—a failure to grasp marriage’s role as a public institution that shapes our thoughts and actions.

Marriage is not merely a legal arrangement that bestows various benefits and...