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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

du2 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 1:15 PM
DCM, you just go on and on with comments that you pull out of nowhere that no credible professional ever says. Making inflammatory comments isn't the stuff of thoughtful, intelligent adults. The impetus for going to court, making this a matter of structured legal terms the SAME as they are for heterosexual couples and no different than that, is because gay couples DO meet and AGREE to those same terms. Bringing anything else up, isn't a part of the legal pattern in process.

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...