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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 12:28 PM
There's a problem with that notion, True Conservative. Culture cannot be measured or studied or rationalized. It is part of the collective consciousness of a society and that cannot be quantified. But what can be quantified are the number of people willing to commit to relationships, which has been shown to be good for society. And the issue here is does same-sex marriage affect that? The data does not seem to suggest that.

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...