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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

Born in the USA! Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 9:45 PM
If you call bigotry supporting traditional marriage, what do you got? Well, you still got bigotry not improving marriage or even helping to maintain marriages bw a man and a woman.

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...