Traditional marriage is foundation of our future
By Cathi Herrod Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:21 AM
If you watch much of what’s portrayed about the marriage debate today,
you’d be left wondering why anyone would support the true definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Sadly, in the political discourse and media hype about marriage, the honest conversation about the meaning and purpose of this essential union is lost.
Yet the reality is that marriage is the engine that drives our country.
That may sound a little overstated,
but it is in the union of one man and one woman that you’ll find the
ideal environment for personal independence,
wealth creation and, most importantly, the nurturing of future generations,
or in other words, our kids.
Here’s an example of what I mean:
Joe and Sara have been married for 41 years. They raised their two kids in Arizona, and now their two kids have 11 children of their own.
By no means are Joe and Sara perfect parents; there’s no such thing. But they complement each other well as mother and father, husband and wife, each bringing something unique to the relationship and to the lives of their children.
Joe and Sara now are watching as their two kids work through the joys and trials of raising their own children.
It was because of the example set by Joe and Sara that one of their kids decided to adopt. Now four children who were left in desperate situations without a home are blessed with a mom and dad.
This isn’t a blockbuster story, nor something that would get a lot of ratings on prime-time TV. But the truth is, more than any great battle, historical document or pivotal court decision, stories like theirs have sustained and strengthened our nation through the generations.
The data back this up. According to a study from Princeton University, kids raised in an intact household with a married mother and father do better in school, are less likely to live in poverty, are less likely to depend on government assistance and are less likely to get in trouble with the law than children from any other environment.
As Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation puts it, “Marriage is society’s least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children.”
Similarly, marriage benefits the husband and wife more than any other arrangement. Did you know that married men and women have longer life expectancy? Or that median household incomes of married men rose 60 percent from 1970 to 2007 and unmarried men’s income rose by only 16 percent?
This is why in 2008, 56 percent of Arizonans voted to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and why the U.S. Supreme Court absolutely cannot undermine the most essential cornerstone to our country’s future.
There is more on the line than most people realize when our nation’s high court considers Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. For all the Joes and Saras, let’s hope and pray that the court rules on the side of true marriage.
Cathi Herrod is president of the Center for Arizona Policy.
Of course if you ask me I suspect the real reason
Cathi Herrod and the Center for Arizona Policy are
against gay marriage is because their Christian
teaching tell them gays are BAD, BAD people and they
want to use to force of government to deny gays the
right to marriage.
Column by Cathi Herrod is ironic
Column by Herrod ironic
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:38 PM
Poor Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, seems oblivious to the fact that her entire guest column underscored why gay people want and should be allowed the equality to marry (“Traditional marriage is foundation of our future,” Opinions, Tuesday).
She says studies support that married people live longer and that children with married parents do better in school, are less likely to live in poverty and are less likely to get in trouble with the law. She continues saying median household incomes of married men are higher than unmarried men.
Her entire piece focuses on how the bonds of marriage are important. I agree, marriage is a good thing! Marriage is a human right, for all the reasons mentioned and more.
So, I “hope and pray that the court rules on the side of true marriage” and will support marriage equality.
Procreation idea is weak
Procreation idea is weak
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:15 PM
The opponents of marriage equality, in their oral arguments this week before the Supreme Court as well as in the amicus curiae brief, seem to focus in part on the purpose of marriage as procreation.
My husband and I choose not to have children. If procreation defines marriage, then my husband and I are not legally married in Arizona and we did not just celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. Oops!
Further, Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy points out in her guest column that married couples have longer life spans and higher incomes and that “marriage is the engine that drives our country” (“Traditional marriage is foundation for our future,” Opinions, Tuesday).
If that is the case, why would she wish to deny these benefits to anyone?
All our brothers and sisters deserve the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of whom they love and wish to marry.