So last week, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the amendment to Michigan’s state constitution which defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman, passed by voters in 2004, to be unconstitutional.
The state, in defending the gay marriage ban, repeatedly argued that children do best in a two-parent household with a mother and father. From the linked story, “the state also argues that it has a ‘legitimate’ interest in preserving the traditional family structure because — it claims — children thrive best when raised by married moms and dads.”
So if conservatives-- or in this case, “the state”-- truly believe this to be true, why aren’t they passing legislation to ban divorce? Surely, divorce leads to more children being raised in non-mother-father households than gay marriage ever would, right?
Also, from a conservative’s perspective, why should the state be telling people who is best qualified to raise children and how they should be raised? Doesn’t this go against the idea that the individual, not the government, needs to be making these sorts of decisions?
It is extremely hypocritical to claim to be the party of individual freedom, but then have the government tell people who is best qualified to raise their children. It is also hypocritical to ban gay marriage because it puts kids into homes without both a mother and a father, while at the same time ignoring the fact that divorce does the exact same thing, probably in greater numbers.
If you’re the party of a hands-off government, then stop legislating who is allowed to get married. If you’re concerned that children won’t be raised in a household with both a mother and father, then pass a law making divorce illegal.