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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

Science Avenger Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 2:06 PM
They have to label you so they can dismiss you. They have to make assumptions about your views because dealing with complicated reality is just too darned hard. It's all they have, they can't make their case logically and factually.

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...