by William B. May
SAN FRANCISCO, Reposted Thursday, January 22, 2015 -- (National Catholic Register) A recent article published by Reuters reported that lawyers intent on persuading courts to redefine marriage are employing a new strategy: recruiting same-sex couples with children to provide emotionally charged testimony in favor of recognizing their relationships as legal marriages.
They are tapping into U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s contention in the Defense of Marriage Act decision (U.S. v. Windsor) that denying same-sex couples marriage benefits “humiliates” tens of thousands of their children. Reuters also reported that, during oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case (Hollingsworth v. Perry), Kennedy said that the thousands of children living with same-sex parents “want their parents to have full recognition and full status.”
Lawyers have been putting “interviews with kids as young as 7 in court filings and organizing media events featuring teenagers,” according to Reuters. They provided an example of a 16-year-old girl in Virginia who testified before the media, “These are my two moms, and this is my family.”
The typical retort to such arguments is that children deserve a mom and a dad, and marriage between a man and a woman supports that norm. The temptation, however, is to bolster that contention by seeking scientific studies that provide evidence that children of same-sex parents do not fare as well as children with married mothers and fathers.
That may be true, but what is the point of making this argument?