Sunday, August 15, 2010

Same-Sex Marriage Debate Has Roots Going Back Centuries - By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience - Senior Writer

In the late 1700s, something disturbing happened to marriage in Western societies: It began to change. Young people had revolutionary new ideas about the institution and what it meant to them.

"People were terrified," said Stephanie Coontz, a historian at The Evergreen State College in Washington and author of "Marriage, A History" (Viking Adult, 2005). "Social conservatives of the day said, 'Oh my gosh, you're going to have the wrong people getting married.'"

The radical idea that had everyone so worried? The notion that people should marry for love, rather than for individual power, group survival, or any of a host of other historic reasons to bond.

Marriage survived, and so did society. But the fight over marriage continues, most recently with the judicial decision in California that ruled Proposition 8, a state ban on gay marriage, unconstitutional. On Thursday, Federal Judge Vaughn Walker lifted the stay on his earlier ruling, clearing the way for same-sex marriages in California to go forward beginning Aug. 18, pending a reversal by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

Emotion and ideology

Some of those ideological debates still echo in today's debate over same-sex marriage, but research shows that there is no scientific reason to deny marriage rights to gays, said Sharon Rotosky, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky. A June 2008 study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that children with lesbian parents actually did better on many measures than children of straight parents. Other studies have shown very similar outcomes between kids with gay parents and kids with straight parents.

Rotosky has found that even putting marriage rights up for debate harms gay and lesbian individuals. Read complete article:

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Kennedy key to gay marriage
By Michael Kirkland, United Press International  -

"Someday, maybe, there will exist a 
well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is 
the mutilation of a 
child's spirit."

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

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