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Gay Marriage drives U.S.

Apr 6, 2013

By: Beth McEldowney

Marriage drives U.S.

I completely agree with Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy that marriage is the engine that drives this country.

My wife and I have been together for 17 years and have known each other since high school. We certainly aren’t perfect, but we complement each other and support each other.

After 17 years, we are still in love, hold hands and talk every night if one of us is traveling for work. We live in the house of our dreams in a nice neighborhood in Phoenix, filled with families just like ours.

We don’t have children ourselves, but we do have nieces and nephews we love and adore and who love and adore us back. I cannot imagine a life without her.

Oh yes, there is one more thing to point out. I’m a woman too. And families just like mine have strengthened and sustained this nation for generations. It’s now time to recognize that, and honor that, and give us the full rights of citizenship and marriage.

Beth McEldowney

Traditional marriage is foundation of our future

By Cathi Herrod Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:21 AM

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy gives some lousy reasons against gay marriage 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, [and it is 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.