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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

faithhopecharity Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 9:10 AM
Marriage is between a male and female. It is the way a society continues. An uncivilized union should never be accepted...if so, why not allow your next door neighbor to marry his pig, dog, cat, cow, etc. Use reason! Wake up America!

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...