As this amicus brief points out, the judges who have overturned state marriage laws accept the claim that “my marriage won’t affect your marriage.” But marriage is about more than two individuals. Traditional marriage is an ideal that guides how we think about family and raising children. History, social science research, and common sense have taught us a few truths about the best way to raise a family. Children do best when they grow up raised by their biological father and mother. They benefit from the stability that marriage provides, and need both the father’s masculine and the mother’s feminine presence. These advantages add up to a brighter future. Children raised by their mother and father commit fewer crimes and do better in school. And when these children grow up, they are more likely to marry and maintain intact families, and give their kids the same family advantages they had.
With these benefits that come only from marriage between a man and a woman, it’s no surprise that most states are eager to keep the traditional definition of marriage. Supporters of same-sex marriage like to paint their opponents as irrational, but it would be far more irrational for the Supreme Court to toss out the historic and successful definition of marriage. A rash decision in this case would undermine the family unit which holds our civilization together and helped to build a prosperous and successful middle class that is the envy of the rest of the world.
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