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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

CHARLIE FEATHER Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 12:36 AM
Well! If the "vast consensus of all the studies shows that children of same-sex parents do as well as children whose parents are heterosexual in every way" then this is proof positive that gays don't need marriage for the benefit of their children. The children grow up just fine whether their gay parents are married or not! So, there goes that argument. What else have you got?

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...