Letter: Strengthen heterosexual marriage
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
I am sure that most people are aware that Washington state passed the Domestic Partnership Law (all but marriage) in 2009 that grants same-sex couples the same rights that are afforded to married heterosexual couples. But I am not sure that most people understand that the same-sex marriage Senate Bill 6239 does not grant them a single new right that they don't already have.
According to the Witherspoon Institute's publication, "Marriage and the Public Good": "Over the past few decades, we have experimented with various alternatives to marriage, and the evidence is now clear: children raised in married, intact families generally do better in every area of life than those raised in various alternative family structures." "Strong intact families stabilize the state and decrease the need for costly and intrusive bureaucratic social agencies." … "As the evidence shows, marital breakdown reduces the collective welfare of our children, strains our justice system, weakens civil society, and increases the size and scope of governmental power."
I firmly believe that the state should be doing everything in its power to strengthen strong heterosexual marriage instead of changing the historic definition of marriage.