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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

du2 Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 12:26 AM
No, bigotry is assuming that gay people will damage society or children or the value of marriage by marrying each other. Bigotry is making the gov't discriminate in ways that's not legal now, like tyranny by majority over the minority of gay people. Bigotry is using defamation that says gay people are perverted and intend harm, to discriminate. And all of that, doesn't protect OR support traditional marriage. It only supports bigotry.

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...