Actually, the very fact that the court is hearing arguments on the issue this week seems to telegraph how the justices are leaning. Prior rulings have been read by lower courts as a mandate to throw open the courthouse doors, with the result that same-sex marriage is now legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The main arguments against gay marriage, always as thin as tissue paper, have become irrelevant. There has been no rending of the fabric of society. There has been no deleterious impact on "traditional" marriage. A recent Washington Post poll showed that 61 percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage -- meaning no one can claim the nation is somehow unprepared to see two men or two women walking down the aisle.
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The Republican Party as a whole is against gay marriage, and faces much opposition because of this belief. This article attempts to explain those arguments against gay marriage in an unbiased and fact-based way. For those who argue that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional, it is important to note that the Constitution does not prohibit the government from controlling the institution of marriage, or restricting marriage to being between a man and a woman, in any sense. Marriage as an institution exists for the specific purpose of child rearing; a purpose that same sex couples cannot carry out biologically, and which studies suggest they are less equipped to carry out emotionally. It is through children alone that sexual relations become of importance to society, and worthy to be taken cognizance of by a legal institution. Marriage is traditionally designed as a union between a man and a woman. It was defined this way by our founding fathers, and has been continued to be defined as such by our government.
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Hodges making same-sex marriage the law of the land, most states still have outdated laws on their books like the ones Virginia just repealed. Indiana is one of those states, though an attempt to remove its gay marriage ban was unsuccessful last month in the Republican-controlled state Legislature. In fact, GOP opposition to its removal derailed legislation seeking to raise the legal age to marry in the state from 15 to
Expanding legal marriage to include same-sex unions, far from being a victory for limited government, is inconsistent with it. A limited government can remain limited only when citizens take responsibility for the consequences of their choices. The less people take responsibility, Benjamin Franklin observed, the more they need government. The same is true with marriage.