Many of us old stodgy conservative Americans are being urged by a group of younger conservatives that we should give up on the idea of traditional marriage. For many of us, the problem is based in the redefining of the word marriage. It is not based on wanting to deny gays a right because we don’t like them. Many of us don’t care about what people do sexually, or who they love. We believe that they should have freedom, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness just like everyone else.
Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson published a report that makes some very good points:
What Is Marriage?
Marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces. Marriage is based on the anthropological truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the social reality that children need a mother and a father.
Why Marriage Matters for Policy
Government recognizes marriage because it is an institution that benefits society in a way that no other relationship does. Marital breakdown costs taxpayers. Government can treat people equally—and leave them free to live and love as they choose—without redefining marriage. We reap the civil society benefits of marriage only if policy gets marriage right.
The Consequences of Redefining Marriage
Redefining marriage would further distance marriage from the needs of children and deny the importance of mothers and fathers. Redefining marriage would put into the law the new principle that marriage is whatever emotional bond the government says it is.
The stodgy guys aren’t hateful as they are made out to be, we just don’t understand why we need to redefine sacred words and institutions to make some whooper-snappers happy.
You should read the full report here.