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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

Cambermeister Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 2:20 PM
David3036, from where did this information arrive? You've decided to refer to your 'son' to justify your opinion on this issue. You said your 'son' decided against acquiring more rights...and instead went after straight labels and gained zero rights. These are all factual occurances related by you. But now, you want this off-limits? Why?

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...