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Is gay marriage bad for family? Europe might have the answer

December 30, 2008 |  8:09 am

Will gay marriage in California fundamentally change family life? Some backers of Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, have argued that same-sex unions could "undermine" traditional marriage. But John Richardson at Esquire noted that little has changed in European countries that allow gay marriage:

They say that acceptance of gays could even lead to the "self-destruction" of the human race, as the Pope himself recently argued. But once again the actual evidence goes against the assumption. Not only have gay rights had no effect on constantly expanding population rates, but they've had no effect on traditional marriage in those European countries where they have the most extensive legal protections. Similarly, the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts hasn't changed a relevant fact: Massachusetts has one of the lowest divorce rates in the United States. This is relevant because divorce is the real threat to American families, having broken up more than fifty percent of all marriages since it achieved widespread acceptance.

-- Shelby Grad