It is the meaning of marriage that emerges from all human cultures as they reflect on and experience what it is to be male and female. When I ask them about marriage, they almost always indicate that it is for them the beginning of a new family unit open to welcoming children.It is only in the last 15 years that anyone has seriously thought differently. A child is a tangible expression of our sexed twoness.The argument is that applying the word "marriage" to some relationships and not to others is unequal treatment, and thus discrimination. But it is the duty of the law to judiciously discriminate and to appropriately recognise difference with, at times, unequal treatment of things that are not the same.It isn't automatically wrong to discriminate In fact, it may be the case that offering supposedly "equal" treatment is incoherent, as it is in this case.Wisely, our politicians don't listen to surveys on that issue (and I agree with them).
But allow me to make the case for traditional marriage as being between one man and one woman, writes Michael Jensen.
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It is crucial to notice that the proposed revision of marriage laws involves exactly that: a revision of marriage.
In order to offer the status of marriage to couples of the same sex, the very meaning of marriage has to be changed.
It won't be "marriage equality": it will be an entirely new thing.