The Marriage Debate and Children

March 29, 2013


“NC Sen Hagan announced Wednesday that she supports the right of gay people to marry saying, ‘We should not tell people who they can love or who they can marry.’” This is a common argument for same sex marriage that is based on the desires of adults, not the needs of children.

I agree with Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of NC Values Coalition, “Children deserve at least an opportunity to have both a mother and father.”.

Social science studies have proven that traditional marriage benefits children physically, emotionally, and economically. As a foster mother and host mother of many orphaned children, I have seen firsthand the emotional devastation that is created when a child is robbed of the permanency and security that a committed mother and father bring to a family. Many of them never recover from their loss. I do not want to be the one to gaze into the eyes of these suffering children and tell them that they do not need a mommy and a daddy. Their pain deserves to be validated. The message needs to be sent that we as a society are doing everything in our power to protect and build up the one man- one woman marriage bond.

I know some of you may argue that the government has no business in marriage. Yet one of the primary reasons government is already involved is because of the children. Who is the government going to hold responsible for the care of the children? How many welfare programs does the government start for the purpose of replacing mom and dad? The foundation of the family is the marriage of one man and one woman committed to each other and taking responsibility  for the care of their children. Destroy that foundation and more laws and more threats to our freedom will follow.

Our fundamental rights as parents are dependent upon the concept of a traditional marital bond. You cannot redefine marriage without redefining parent, child and family. Those who support liberty and limited government need to understand that the least restrictive way to ensure the well-being of children is to support traditional marriage.

Folks like Gay Tea Party Activist Doug Mainwaring get this. It is the reason he cites for changing his position from being for gay marriage to being against it.

“Same-sex marriage will undefine marriage and unravel it, and in so doing, it will undefine children. It will ultimately lead to undefining humanity. This is neither “progressive” nor “conservative” legislation. It is “regressive” legislation.”

The marriage debate has come to a head. Future generations are counting on us to get this right. Children are speaking out. Are you listening?


By: Donna Mauney

Donna is a homeschooling mother of eight children, 5 biological and 3 adopted. She became involved in politics when she started homeschooling, in order to protect her rights as a parent and freedom to homeschool. Since then she has been active in several campaigns on a grassroots level.

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