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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

du2 Wrote: Feb 16, 2013 1:36 PM
You don't attack people's children, Camber, that's why. That's how you are, if you think you know ONE thing, and that's if they are gay or support people who are, you're off. WAY off. We've been at this for years. And in those years, I don't expect YOU to change. But some things around you have. With the changes in legislatures and even popular votes, marriage equality came to a few more states. The anti gay insisted it was by some kind of conspiracy of threat from militant gay people. When the truth is, it's been the persuasion of seeing that gay people are FAR more honest and civilized than their detractors are.

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...