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BEA DOTTIN, beadottin@nationnews.com

Added 04 March 2011

I wish to express my disappointment with the Barack Obama administration for its latest effort aimed at repealing the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). The decision not to defend federal law banning same-sex marriage marks a clear attack on both the legal system and on traditional family values. Same-sex marriage is an oxymoron. It is unconstitutional. Marriage is an institution that predates civilization, ordained by God, and exclusive to one man and one woman who are given the responsibility to procreate the human race, and to nurture, educate, and pass on shared values and morals to their offspring. To redefine marriage to include same-sex couples is to strip marriage of an essential component, namely the ability and obligation to procreate. This would render marriage meaningless and open it up to endless revision and redefinition. Every credible study supports the fact that children do better in school, live healthier lives, and become better contributors to society when raised by both a mother and a father in the same household. Society is now seeing the results of “causal divorce” from the 1970s and the “out-of-wedlock children” of the 1980s, as the children of this generation now have all these psychological problems. Marriage does not fall into the category of basic human rights because by its very nature, those who commit to it must be of different sexes as a fundamental prerequisite. As the basic expression of man’s social nature, marriage can only be understood as the lawful union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

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