Those in opposition of same-sex marriages are fully aware of the uphill battle they are fighting in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to permit states to keep marriage restricted to only heterosexual couples. Instead, they are imploring the court to try and avoid placing so much value on what they believe to be a profound modification to society’s views on what actually personifies a marriage. Allowing marriage between partners of the same sex raises a lot of concern in regards to the effects that same-sex parenting has on children.
Although an extensive amount of information concerning the short-term and long-term effects same-sex parenting has on children is unavailable, that does not mean that there are no effects. Those against same-sex unions are asking the court to at least spend more time considering every single aspect of what could come from same-sex marriages before making so many allowances at such a fast pace.
Advocates for marriage between same-sex partners have endlessly disputed that two men or two women parenting their children has very little to no effect on their development. The individuals making those claims are also the very same people who believe that same-sex marriage should be a given right to all homosexuals in all 50 states of the U.S.
The parents that have spent a number of years fighting for official recognition on their children’s adoption papers or on their birth certificates, will be amongst the 31 plaintiffs involved in the cases that will be argued on Tuesday of this week. Those in opposition have stated, in multiple different briefs, that their want to maintain state bans against same-sex marriage has nothing at all to do with harboring feelings of prejudice towards the lesbian and gay community.
Reverend D. Paul Sullins, a professor of sociology at a Catholic University, asked that if there are findings that can prove that children who are raised by parents of the same-sex do not do as well as the children who are raised by a mother and a father, then what good would it have done to have spent so much time encouraging and establishing same-sex parenting as just another social norm? Through Sullins’ analytical research of government data, including surveys that had been administered, it was revealed that children who were raised by two parents of the same-sex had developed emotional problems at a rate much higher than that of their peers who were brought up by heterosexual parents.
Sociologists who are in support of same-sex marriage have ruthlessly criticized the professor, but Sullins maintains that the proof is in the pudding and that the findings do not lie. The only response Sullins has to offer to those who find themselves in disagreement is that if they think that there are little to no differences between the two circumstances then they could not be anymore wrong.
Ryan Anderson, a researcher for the Heritage Foundation, is thought to be the most noticeable defender of marriage being restricted for heterosexual couples only. Anderson believes that the cultural degradation, including liberalized divorce laws, high rates of sexual promiscuities and an increase in the number women becoming single mothers, all of which has spanned more than 40 years, is the leading cause of the forcing of the nation to embrace same-sex unions. Those who believe that marriage between same-sex partners has a definite negative effect on children also make the claim that some states have the correct idea in defining marriage as the union between a man and woman, for the purpose of couples procreating and then remaining a family unit to raise their children.
By Kameron Hadley
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