Not so with same-sex marriage. Legalizing it serves to undermine traditional marriage in three ways. First, it stigmatizes and devalues traditional marriage under law for being offensive to the dignity of the LGBT community. Second, it weakens the natural family by suggesting that children need not be raised by their biological parents. Third, the logic of same-sex marriage validates the legalization of other types of unions between consenting persons, such as multiparty and incestuous relationships, as there is no non-arbitrary distinction between these and same-sex marriages.

Though same-sex relationships should be afforded all necessary property rights under law, they do not serve the same purpose as marriage and should not be recognized as such.

Shawn Lazar

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