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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

DCM in FL Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 3:10 PM
Sorry, "credible professional" doesn't mean "politically correct mouthpiece." And of course I understand the difference between a consenting adult and a child. So do people who are pushing for changes to age-consent laws so as to erode that distinction. The point is not the difference between adult and child. The point is that you can't call an abnormal thing normal without opening the door for the same to happen with other abnormal things.

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...