John M. Becker

Maggie Gallagher: Loving Marriages Will Hurt Children

Filed By John M. Becker | November 26, 2013 9:00 AM | comments

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Tags: children, gay marriage, head-scratcher, LGBT parenting, Maggie Gallagher, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

"If the only effect of gay marriage [sic] were that some nice people got some benefits and felt better about their lives, I think it would be a good thing. But I actually do think it's a -- we're making it a foundational decision about what marriage is and what it's for. And the historic understanding of marriage is that it's rooted in the reality we need to bring together male and female, mother and father, to make and raise the next generation.

And as we disconnect marriage from that idea, which is happening broadly, not just because of gay marriage, but as we disconnect marriage and children and instead focus on marriage as a kind of romantic, intimate, loving, caretaking relationship for adults, I think we're going to hurt a lot of children."

-- Maggie Gallagher, co-founder, former president, and chair of the anti-equality National Organization for Marriage, in an interview on The Diane Rehm Show last week.

h/t: David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

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