Now What for Marriage?

Dana Mack, The Wall Street Journal, 8/6/2010

In fact, Mr. Blakenhorn set forth his principal arguments against gay marriage as derived from a long career of studying the state of contemporary heterosexual marriage. The arguments were as follows: Gay marriage, he said, would "accelerate the de-institutionalization of marriage" and weaken family life by "mainstreaming alternative family forms." Marriage, he further observed, was throughout history a child-centered social institution – a bond between a man and a woman forged primarily in the interest of procreation and child rearing. Legalizing same-sex marriage, he said, would intensify the current trend to center marriage on adult gratification rather than on the needs of children.

Subjects: Marriage, Gay marriage


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