Kids need mother, father

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This week the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the most pivotal human rights issue since it grossly erred in 1973 in the Roe v. Wade decision. The Obama administration directed the U.S. solicitor general to submit a brief to fabricate a hereto-unknown constitutional right to redefine the definition of marriage away from a husband and a wife. This effort contradicts the right of Californians who amended their constitution to preserve the tradition of marriage that has existed for thousands of years before formal governments or religions. If the Obama administration gets its way, the method we assign parentage to children will evaporate.

Currently, the law grants fatherhood to the legal husband of a wife, with motherhood granted to the woman who gave birth. Biology is essential to parenthood. A child must be entitled to a relationship with a mother and father. So-called “same-sex marriage” denies this connection with at least one biological parent. The natural attachment of husband-and-wife parentage ensures the children’s connection with genetic, cultural and social heritage.

We know by modern psychology, sociology and instinct that mothers and fathers are different, making unique contributions to the raising of children. Two very good mothers do not make up for the purposeful loss of a child’s father. Boys will respond and mature differently with the absence of a father than a mother, and vice-versa.

Mothers and fathers are not interchangeable. Children cannot protect their natural rights on their own, so we must. There is no other institution that will protect children in the absence of a biological mother and father. With the redefinition of marriage will come the government’s requirement that “Spouse 1” and “Spouse 2” and/or “Spouse 3” will be the legal parents of a child as a norm, not as the extraordinary case of adoptions, thus disregarding the biological parents’ rights.

More than two legal parents will occur, as has happened in Canada. Children will become a commodity to be legally contested rather than biologically traced. Do we really want to trust the government to decide parentage?

If marriage is no longer an opposite-sex structure for the public purpose of marriage, then only the nonessential private purposes will remain. Legal unions can protect adults’ rights who want to live together; traditional marriage is the only protection for children’s rights.

We have a moral obligation and societal interest in the stability of a child’s parents’ union, as they have a right to have a relationship with a mother and father. Traditional marriage is the preferred place to procreate children with their best chances of emotionally developing into a sound adult. Numerous broken families can attest to the loss of a mother or father from their lives. This has been borne out ever since no-fault divorces become commonplace.

Pray that the Supreme Court decides with wisdom and justice for the children!

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WalterBradfordCannon 03/28/13 - 08:06 pm
The latest foray was a

The latest foray was a position statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Not surprisingly, they appointed an expert committee to study the issue

"To promote optimal health and well-being of all children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports access for all children to (1) civil marriage rights for their parents and (2) willing and capable foster and adoptive parents, regardless of the parents’ sexual orientation. ...Scientific evidence affirms that children have similar developmental and emotional needs and receive similar parenting whether they are raised by parents of the same or different genders. ..."

Now, these are professional physicians who used scientific evidence to come to their conclusions. They did not read just one study. They have a responsibility to the American public to promote best practices based on science and medicine. And this is what they feel the consensus of the evidence supports.

Not surprisingly, the American Psychological Association (and the Canadian one) already have similar position statements. Science does not support a difference in parental quality between same sex and opposite sex parents.

InChristLove 03/29/13 - 09:34 pm
Position statement = opinion

Position statement = opinion or view.....didn't see any statistics except some personal opinions. Naturally anyone will tell you that a child will fair better in a two parent home over a single parent home....but when it comes to a biological child being raised in a homosexual relationship, I do not believe they fair better than an adopted child in a heterosexual relationship. I'd like to see some harder documentation on that rather than someone's opinion.

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