Not same as marriage
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Not same as marriage
In her letter “Same-sex, same as you” (Aug. 22 and TribLIVE.com), Cathy Brennan cites superficial aspects of her life with her partner — paying taxes, mourning loved ones, celebrating anniversaries — and argues from that premise that Pennsylvania law should recognize her relationship as marriage. Certainly Ms. Brennan and her partner should be treated with love and dignity. But their relationship is not the same as a marriage.
Marriage exists because of the complementarity of opposite sexes, because that complementarity begets children, and because a civilized society wants to bind children to their natural parents. Same-sex unions do not beget children, and if they acquire children, they separate children from one or both of the natural parents.
Yes, there are childless heterosexual married couples, and yes, sometimes they adopt. But those are the exceptions, and those exceptions do not overcome the fundamental conjugal roots of marriage. Marriage exists for the children, not for the adults.
Upper St. Clair
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