The Argument for Preserving Marriage in a Nutshell

Every society has an interest in encouraging mothers and fathers to raise their own children together

Every society in history has developed the institution of marriage mainly for that purpose

It is this child-centred view of marriage which is enshrined in Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Abundant research shows that the family based on the marriage of a child’s biological mother and father generally produces the best outcomes for children

Changing the definition of marriage to accommodate same-sex couples logically leads us to say that being raised by their own mother and father does not matter to children or society

It is not discrimination to treat something that is unique in a unique way, and marriage as currently defined is uniquely pro-child

While it is obviously true that not all married couples have children, nonetheless it is equally true that every child has a mother and father


Source: The Iona Institute Email: Web:


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