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Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

Tinsldr2 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 2:44 PM
Verb Can a child give informed legal consent? Buying alcohol used to be illegal but kids still can't buy it v A person has no right to touch another without consent . A child can not give consent so you can never sexually touch a child But two consenting adults ? They have every right to do what they do as long as it does not harm others

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...