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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

Science Avenger Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 4:11 PM
So people with fetishes shouldn't be allowed to get married? So much for the defenders of small government...
Beethovens10th Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 1:35 PM
No, people who have a fetish for women's shoe should be allowed to "marry" their shoes.

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...