In Defense Of Traditional Marriage Summary

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In the article “In Defense of Traditional Marriage” by R. Anderson the question asked is, “Should the court should uphold the law and respect the constitutional authority of citizens and their elected officials to make marriage policy (Anderson, 2013)?” R. Anderson relates many premises on the matter of recognizing same-sex relationships as legal marriage, which in return helps support is conclusion that, “While respecting everyone’s liberty, government rightly recognizes, protects and promotes marriage between a man and a woman as the ideal institution for procreative love, childbearing and childrearing (Anderson, 2013).” As you read thru this paper it will discuss the premise Anderson uses against same sex marriage along with a counter argument…show more content…
Anderson also states in his argument that it has been proven that children are better off when raised by a man and a woman whom are married. “Government recognizes marriage because it is an institution that benefits the public good. Marriage is society’s least restrictive means to ensure the well-being of future citizens. State recognition of marriage protects children by incentivizing adults to commit permanently and exclusively to each other and their children (Anderson, 2013).” Anderson offers that same-sex marriage is not actually illegal in the 50 states. In all 50 states there is not one law that discriminates against same-sex couples raising a child, living together, or even being a part of one another’s day to day life rituals. In the United States of American same-sex couples have a majority of the same rights heterosexual couples have. In the last premise given by Anderson, it states “In recent years marriage has been weakened by a revisionist view that is more about adults’ desires than children’s needs (Anderson, 2013).”…show more content…
Around the world you have so many woman and men whom are unable to conceive a child due to medical reasons, but yet they are still able to be married. The research of Mark Regnerus has conducted challenges the broad that children raised by same-sex couples suffer. “Regnerus explained that as he worked through the dozens of studies published after that, he was struck by the very small statistical samples employed, the non-random character of the samples, the absence of adequate controls, and the shift from scholars who argued “no difference” to those who argued that same-sex parents are “more competent than heterosexual ones.” (Wood, 2013) So, if same-sex couples are able to adopt children legally wouldn’t you think that same-sex marriage would benefit the child as well, showing these children that security they need? Anderson’s article points out that same-sex marriage is not illegal, and that same-sex couples can qualify for certain benefits those heterosexual couples enjoy. According to a General Accounting Office assessment made in 2004, benefits only available to married couples include hospital visitation during an illness, the option of filing a joint tax return to reduce a tax burden, access to family health coverage, US residency and family unification for partners from another country, and bereavement leave and

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