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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

Cambermeister Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 6:29 PM
Beethovens10th; "who will be finding the stats on homosexual parenting skills" Tinsldr2; "We have top men working on it now." Beethovens10th; "Who?" Tinsldr2; "Top. Men."

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...