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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

CHARLIE FEATHER Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 12:31 AM
Why should my 71 year old aunt and her 73 year old boyfriend be allowed to get married? Because it's nice! But two men or two women? That is not nice! That is nasty!

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...