by Anthony Ozimic

Two US states have argued that allowing homosexual ‘marriage’ is not in the best interests of children. The argument was made by the states of Texas and Arizona in separate defences of their states’ ban on same-same "marriage".

Greg Abbott, Texas attorney-general, argued that children are better raised by heterosexual couples, thus preventing negative costs to society. He said:
“Because same-sex relationships do not naturally produce children, recognizing same-sex "marriage" does not further these goals to the same extent that recognizing opposite-sex marriage does.”

In February a US federal judge declared that Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the US Constitution. Texas has appealed against that ruling.

In a distinct but related case, lawyers for the state of Arizona have made similar arguments. They said:
“...The State regulates marriage for the primary purpose of channeling potentially procreative sexual relationships into enduring unions for the sake of joining children to both their mother and their father.
Same-sex couples can never provide a child with both her biological mother and her biological father.
When a same-sex couple takes steps to create a child, they must involve at least one person of the opposite sex, and that involved third party will be a biological parent of the created child.”

Court challenges and appeals over homosexual marriage have broken out across America since last year, when the US Supreme Court ruled against part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 31 US states ban same-sex marriage, while 19 states all it.

Marriage - the permanent, exclusive union of one man and one woman - is the basis of the family, the fundamental group unit of society. Upholding marriage is therefore in everyone’s interests. Same-sex marriage represents an attempt to redefine marriage, thus undermining marriage. This undermining lessens the protection for unborn children which true marriage provides. Statistics show that unborn children are much safer within marriage than outside marriage.

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