Saturday, July 31, 2004

Traditional Marriage: Not a Family Value

In light of all my talk about what family values are really about, I think it might be fitting to dredge up the ol' gay marriage debate again. I promised to leave it behind for a few weeks, and I've done that.

Let me make a bold statement: the crusade against gay marriage has nothing to do with family values. The evidence? A new report by the American Psychological Association, summarizing a mountain of psychological researech, has concluded that "same-sex couples are remarkably similar to heterosexual couples, and that parenting effectiveness and the adjustment, development and psychological well-being of children is unrelated to parental sexual orientation."

So, families with a Dad and a Dad or a Mom and a Mom are just as well-adjusted on average as families with a member of each sex. If "family values" means promoting a healthy and happy family life, then pushing for "traditional marriage" doesn't promote family values.

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