Mombian.com – March 21, 2014
This week, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a response in the federal case to determine whether same-sex couples can marry in the Beaver State. She supports equality for many reasons, but her remarks on the children-related arguments of equality opponents are particularly scathing.
Rosenblum starts by asserting, “Family stability is a legitimate state interest, but one that is not furthered by limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples,” and offering four reasons:
- Oregon does not tie marriage rights or inducements to procreation;
- Oregon has never limited its legal protections to only the biological children of opposite-sex couples;
- permitting same-sex couples to marry does not reduce the likelihood that opposite-sex couples will enter into stable relationships; and
- the same-sex marriage ban harms the children in those families.
She then picks apart each of these arguments. I’ll spare you most of the details, but I’m rather fond of one statement against number 3: “There is no evidence or even rational speculation that permitting same-sex couples to marry will in any way reduce the desire of opposite-sex couples to marry and create stable families.”
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