Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Children Are Victims in Same-Sex Marriage

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Children Are Victims in Same-Sex Marriage

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Is marriage a unique and irreplaceable social good, deserving of state-sanctioned protections and benefits?

Do a man and a woman who take the immense step of committing themselves publicly to mutual care and responsibility, to sexual fidelity and to the care and nurture of the children they may bear deserve the special favor of society?

Do the children of America need and deserve the distinctive influence that only the combination of a father and mother can provide?

If state legislatures take their cues from Hawaii's Supreme Court, the answer to each of these questions will be "No!" Legalizing same-sex marriage is becoming one of the hottest issues in many states across the country. And Hawaii is the first battleground.

In May 1993, the Hawaii Supreme Court decided that the state must prove that it has a "compelling interest" in not legalizing same-sex marriage. This legal jargon means that the court can't imagine any reason to limit marriage to a man and a woman, and it dares the state to find one. The court has, in effect, declared that it's high time for a new social experiment - with marriage, the family and children once again the guinea pigs.

Thirty years ago, the courts tried to experiment with marriage and the family when no-fault divorce was introduced in California and then soon spread across the United States. The results are not pretty.

According to the Council on Families in America, no-fault divorce not only failed to bring about the happiness and freedom it promised, it has actually victimized women and children as well. The experiment failed tragically - and inevitably - for it pandered to human weakness and moral delinquency.

Ironically, the no-fault failure has given us information that may help us to avoid the grievous consequences of another ill-thought-out experiment. For we now have the empirical evidence that (astonishing as it may be to some) children do best when they are nurtured by both a mother and a father.

David Popenoe, professor of sociology at Rutgers University and co-chair of the Council on Families in America, writes: "Unlike the workplace, family organization is based on very real, biological differences between men and women. …

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