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The Goodness of Marriage

eddie again Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 5:24 PM
the whole movement to re-define marriage is based on the desire of some to destroy the relationship between marriage and 1) procreation of the human species; and 2) the affirmation that, in general, children become the best citizens when raised by a mother and a father in a committed marital relationship. those wishing to define away the connection between children and marriage each have their own motivations for so doing.

NOTE: This is the third column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The second column is available here.

G.K. Chesterton observed in The Superstition of Divorce that “reformers of marriage . . . do not know what it is, or what it is meant to be, or what its supporters suppose it to be . . . .” Marriage opponents, who today seek not to reform but rather redefine marriage, appear to suffer from the problem diagnosed by Chesterton almost a century ago.

In their heedless rush to establish the legitimacy of...