Frank, Nathaniel
May 2004
New Republic;5/3/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 16, p20
Refutes arguments made by opponents of same-sex marriage that allowing gay couples to marry would undermine the institution of marriage. Discussion of the assertion made by Hoover Institution research fellow Stanley Kurtz that evidence from Scandinavia shows that recognizing same-sex unions has nearly destroyed the institution of marriage there; Claim that Kurtz's argument is fundamentally flawed because Scandinavia does not have gay marriage, merely a marriage alternative available only to gays; Claim that Kurtz can show no correlation between the rise in gay partnerships and the decline of marriage in Scandinavia; Observation that the number of unmarried, co-habiting couples has increased tenfold in the U.S. between 1960 and 2000, without gay marriage or civil unions; Argument that the emergence of the gay marriage issue is most likely a result, not a cause, of liberalizing attitudes towards marriage and family; Refutation of arguments that children raised by same-sex couples face more psychological problems than children raised by a father and a mother; Assertion that social science research does show that married couples are happier, healthier, and wealthier than single people.


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