Marriage: Gender and Conjoined Twins
isomin at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Mar 16 14:31:47 PST 2004
I fear that the exclusion of adoption was my fault, because I excluded it
for purposes of argument in my initial response to Greg Sisk. However, I
certainly agree that adoption is a relevant factor that must be taken
account of, especially in states that permit homosexuals to adopt (as do
MA, NY, and - I assume - many others).
On Tue, 16 Mar 2004, Frank Cross wrote:
> I have trouble seeing marriage as being about procreation. I'm pretty
> sure, from my birds and bees instruction, that we don't need marriage for
> procreation. We need marriage for parenting. And the discussion hasn't
> given much regard for the value of adoption.
> I suppose one could argue that parenting one's own children is
> preferable. But parenting the children of others is surely preferable to
> them receiving no parenting. Or maybe not. But isn't this much of the
> issue? If gay marriage furthered adoption, that would seem to be an
> advantage of gay marriage. Do the opponents disfavor gay adoption or are
> there some other parenting disadvantages of gay marriage?
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