It’s ironic that the nation is so health conscious — New York City bans trans fats in restaurant cooking — and yet so little attention is directed to the crisis affecting children casually brought into the world by unmarrieds. Their chances of having a healthy life are far slimmer than those of adults dining out. Our priorities are skewed.
And it is ironic that in a society that supposedly values the institution of marriage and children growing up in a family structure, that it also denies the right of gays and lesbians to get married. Statistics tell us that there are clear benefits to individuals and to society for people to get married. According to the 2000 Census, one-third of lesbian households and one-fifth of gay male households have children. So, if it is so beneficial to socieity for heterosexual couples with children to get married, why would it not be beneficial for society to allow gay and lesbian parents with children to get married?
From the outside looking in, it seems to me that heterosexuals are the ones who are “casually brining children into the world” without getting married. Many gay couples embrace the institution of marriage and actually want to get married and have children. Allowing gay people to get married is actually very conservative and family values oriented if you think about it and take religious fundamentalism out of the question. Hey, let us get married, and many of us might actually move to the suburbs and start voting for Republicans! Mary Cheney already does.