How Does the Definition of Marriage Affect the Future of Our Society?

The link to this article comes Kate O’Hare, who is a contributor at Catholic Vote.

Ryan Anderson gave testimony concerning the socio-political issues surrounding how we define marriage. The owners of the video ask that it not be shared, so I’m going to link to the Catholic Vote article that contains it here.

Scroll down to the bottom of the article to view the testimony, which is a tour de force of marriage arguments. I think it is well worth watching.


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  • Bill S

    Ryan Anderson accurately describes the problem with having 70% of black children born out of wedlock. I think that is called a “red herring” or a “straw man” argument. One of the two. Nothing he says matters if gays have the inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In that marriage is perceived as bringing one happiness and we all have a right to pursue it, other arguments become moot.

    • Theodore Seeber

      Marriage has nothing to do with life or liberty.

      And it certainly has nothing to do with happiness.

      • Sus_1

        I disagree. Lots of people who want a partner to go through life with are not happy because they aren’t married. On the other side, there are lots of people miserable in their marriages. Happiness is absolutely a factor in marriage.

        • Theodore Seeber

          It is a factor, but to call it the only thing, will only cause a divorce when the temporary happiness goes away.

        • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

          Happiness is a factor in anything. It is a justification in nothing. If it makes me happy to shoot Jews, well I will have to go through life unhappy, all right?

      • Bill S

        Ted. People marry the ones they love because it makes them happy to do so. Weddings are happy occasions. People can live their whole lives happily together notwithstanding a few bumps in the road here and there.

        • Theodore Seeber

          Marrying for love is foolish. Love and happiness are temporary emotions. Marry for commitment, and for the next generation, and you’ll do a heck of a lot better when those “bumps in the road” come along.

          • pagansister

            Guess my marrying for love was “foolish” 49 years ago, if you actually believe what you wrote in your 1st sentence. I didn’t marry for commitment and for the next generation. My faith didn’t require me to procreate.

        • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

          “Because it makes them happy”? That’s a reason for anything? Rapists are made happy by the grief and humiliation of their victims. People marry because the institution of marriage exists, and often they marry in circumstances that are not conducive to happiness.

          • Bill S

            In a less cynical world, people marry in order to be happy sharing their lives with their mates. Gays are very happy getting married. Some are freakin’ ecstatic!

            • FW Ken

              Half of all marriages end in divorce. Because of serial monogamists, about one-third of people have been divorced. Apparently, happiness alone isn’t a prescription for lifelong bliss. The interesting question is what the divorce stats for same-sex couples will be after a decade or two. If we can even get honest stats.

              • Bill S

                People still marry for love/happiness regardless of the divorce rate. The percentage of people who divorce is neither here nor there. It has nothing to do with whether or not gays have a right to marry their gay partners. This is a no brainer for those not beholden to ancient religions.

  • FW Ken

    The title of this post is the unanswered , largely unasked, question about same-sex marriage. It’s the back end of the question I always ask: what is the community interest in any sort of marriage? Why are any relationships privileged with social approval, tax benefits, and common retirement benefits.

    We need to acknowledge that these sorts of communal decisions have an impact, and we should consider that impact as we conduct social experiments.