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they need to regulate how children haveaccess to their parents, fine, regulate it. It’sridiculous to assume it should all befunneled through this institution of marriage,which has many many more publicmeanings than the relationship of children totheir parents.Mr. Gates prefaces his comments aboutchildren with an
… evidently, he believesattaching children to their parents may or may not be a legitimate function of government. Furthermore, assigning dignityto relationships is a completely necessaryfunction of government far surpassing theneeds of children.Which of these do you think is the moreimportant function of marriage as a public policy? –Attaching children to their parents –Assigning dignity to relationshipsThese functions will not coexist in the law – one will drive out the other. What happenedin Canada may very well happen here. Inother words, recognizing the biologicalattachment of children to their parents
having gender neutral language in the lawdid not coexist in Canada and they mostlikely will not coexist here. Next is Dr. John Corvino, professor of philosophy at Wayne State University. OnSept. 18, 2012 he said in a YouTube video:“Preventing same sex marriage doesn’tmean that more children get mothers andfathers.”I agree. But same sex “marriage” maymeanfewerchildren get mothers andfathers. It may meannochild gets a mother and a father –they all get the gender neutral“parent.”I have no idea how Dr.Corvino wouldrespond to my assertion here, but I bet some people will respond like this:“’Parent’ is just a legal word and still meansthe same thing. It won’t impact actualrelationships.”To which I say two things:1) You do not believe it means the samething. That’s why you want it changed – because you believe it means somethingdifferent. Answer me this: since it means thesame thing to you, then let’s not change it.It’s the same, right? If it’s the same then itdoesn’t need to be changed.2) “Mother” and “father” do meansomething specific under the law, somethingthat has served our society incredibly wellfor a long time. These terms have servedmarried biological parents, unmarried biological parents, straight biological parents, and gay biological parents, too.These terms ensure that this biologicalconnection will always be privileged.“Parent” does not.Here are the questions we must ask andanswer as a society: –Do children have some other way to beconnected to their biological parents besideshaving the words “mother” and “father” in