posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 01:14 PM
Originally posted by Annee
The modern concept of Marriage is less then 200 years old. Women were property - they had no rights. Marriages were arranged for political/social
standing/alliances etc. It certainly wasn't romantic or strictly for procreation or about God.
Marriages were not for the rights of men or women but were in fact public agreements about the mating activities of two adults to protect children's
security and to promote the role of fathers in the rearing of children. Study after study proves that children raised by both biological parents have
a superior advantage from those that are not. Look at the statistics of those that are incarcerated or on welfare and compare that with children whose
parents were in a traditional marriage.
It is a truism frequently forgotten by large complex societies:
only societies that reproduce survive.
Maggie Gallagher - What is Marriage For
The state has a vested interest in the paring of mates for reproduction. Laws exist to promote single partner unions of opposite sexes. Laws also
exist to prevent men from creating competing families since that weakens the support children receive and increases the chances that one group of
children could be raised without the father's impact. By the same token the state may offer tax incentives for those that choose to enter into such
contracts just as it may grant tax favoritism to companies that it believes will strengthen the economy.
One can point out that same sex partners may have households with children. This is true of course but same sex partners can only raise children, they
can not have them. Some of these children may have an actual economic advantage over typical children since a two male household would most likely
have a higher income than a single male/female household. Odds are however that this will be the exception and not the normal. Children who live in
households with two parents excluding one of their original parents fare no better than single mother household statistically.
I'm in favor of equal rights under equal circumstances. Everyone doesn't get to use the handicapped parking places but all handicapped people should
have equal access to handicapped parking. Same sex unions are not the same as male/female unions. This isn't determined by the state. This is dictated
by nature and no matter how many laws we pass this will remain unchanged.
edit on 15-6-2011 by dbates because: (no reason given)