A large and growing body of scientific evidence indicates that the intact, married family is best for children. March 19, Report. This is not exactly the kind of social scientific evidence you would want to launch a major family experiment.
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Subscribe to Inquirer Opinion Newsletter. Saint Paul taught in the Epistle to the Romans that the natural law is inscribed on the heart of every man. In Italy, civil union is legal for same sex couples ; despite opposition from the Vatican, a majority of Italians are in favor of marriage equality. We already know what the LGBT community is to gain when same sex marriage is legalized.
This parallels having separate schools for white and black children and claiming they are equal because both have schools.
This statement from Sara McLanahan, a sociologist at Princeton University, is representative: If we were asked to design a system for making sure that children's basic needs were met, we would probably come up with something quite similar to the two-parent ideal.
Such a design, in theory, would not only ensure that children had access to the time and money of two adults, it also would provide a system of checks and balances that promoted quality parenting. How do we tell whether religious opposition to an activity or a class should be characterized as bigotry?
After all, they could tell themselves, our society, which affirms lesbian couples raising children, believes that children do not need a father. Children need fathers. Please give now to support our work. 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.
To my mind, the social meaning of same-sex marriage exclusions clearly does denigrate same-sex marriage and maybe those who participate in it but this is contested, as the question notes. Traditionally, marriage and procreation have been tightly connected to one another.
Indeed, from a sociological perspective, the primary purpose that marriage serves is to secure a mother and father for each child who is born into a society.