Redefining marriage - the case for caution: an unnecessarily high price to pay


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"The Government's proposal to introduce same-sex marriage seems to rest
on reasons of equality, stability and convenience. But on closer inspection,
these are respectively incomplete, speculative and negligible. As currently
defined, marriage secures the equal value of men and women. It also
promotes the welfare of children. By contrast, the new definition of
marriage will unavoidably call into question its exclusivity, its permanence
and even its sexual nature. Such an unravelling of marriage is too high a
price to pay for a proposal which fulfils no practical legal need."

Author: Julian Rivers (2012)

Reproduced with kind permission from the Cambridge Papers

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