She also found that a "significantly greater proportion of young adult children raised by lesbian mothers than those raised by heterosexual mothers So if you support same-sex marriage, do so not because it brings in tax revenue and tourism dollars and prevents people from becoming a burden on the state, but because you value gay men and lesbians as citizens who deserve equal access to the rights and responsibilities of marriage.
Con 1 The institution of marriage has traditionally been defined as being between a man and a woman. Pro 7 Marriage is not only for procreation, otherwise infertile couples or couples not wishing to have children would be prevented from marrying.
Wilson reports that the introduction of no-fault divorce further destabilized marriage by weakening the legal and cultural meaning of the marriage contract. This would mean that we would have yet more children being raised apart from fathers.
There will be even more if homosexual civil marriage is legalized. An Oct. If same-sex civil marriage becomes common, most same-sex couples with children would be lesbian couples.
Con 10 Marriage is an outmoded, oppressive institution that should be weakened, not expanded. There would be more use of gender-neutral language like "partners" and--more importantly--more social and cultural pressures to neuter our thinking and our behaviors in marriage.
For instance, women are happier when their husband earns the lion's share of the household income. Home Page World U.
Massachusetts, which became the first US state to legalize gay marriage in , had the lowest divorce rate in the country in Pros and cons in debate over origin of sexual orientation. This paper is reprinted with permission of the Witherspoon Institute, Princeton, New Jersey, on whose website a version of it first appeared at www.
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