The flurry of recent court decisions overturning bans on same-sex marriage in American courts has been astonishing even to advocates. But while news photos have shown same-sex couples tying the knot in various states, historian Daniel Rivers argues that the struggle over same-sex marriage has really been a struggle over children, parenting rights, and the definition of family. This month he puts children at the center of the same-sex marriage story. While marriage was the ostensible issue in the Supreme Court ruling U.
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Patrick's Seminary, offered these remarks as part of a panel on Gay Marriage held Jan. It is a pleasure to be here with members of the University community today. While George Bush calls for 1. One need only look at the recent one-day marriage of pop idol, Brittany Spears, and the shenanigans of "Benifer" about their on-and-off nuptials to realize that tradi-tional marriage between heterosexuals is in deep trouble. Social conservatives are not only concerned about marriage, but also the rise of a gay and lesbian culture. What has grown is a much greater acceptance of gays and lesbians in our culture, as well as the social and economic freedom for gays and lesbians to emerge from the closet that has confined them for so many generations. The recent addition of same sex commitment ceremonies in the Sunday New York Times wedding and engagement announcements and the popularity of shows as "Will and Grace" and "Queer Eye…" indicate a shift in our culture's attitude toward gays and lesbians.
How to Help Children Understand Diverse Families
It's difficult to deal with homophobic strangers, but it can be even more difficult dealing with relatives who reject homosexuality. These "loved ones" should love you no matter what and not judge you based on your sexual preferences. Even though that's the way it should be, it's not always the way it is.
Concerns regarding same-sex marriage and the family are at the forefront of the controversies over legalization of same-sex marriage. In the United States, an estimated 1 million to 9 million children have at least one lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, or queer parent. Scientific research has been consistent in showing that lesbian and gay parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as children reared by heterosexual parents.