Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has a terrific piece on the Prop 8 ruling up on AOL News this afternoon.
AOL News – “The Institution Formerly Known as Marriage”
(Aug. 5) -- The essential public purpose of marriage is to attach mothers and fathers to their children and to one another. Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling overturning California's Proposition 8 illustrates that he does not understand this basic point.
He replaces this public purpose with private purposes of adults' feelings and desires. He approvingly quotes a historian who explains that marriage is "a couple's choice to live with each other, to remain committed to one another, and to form a household based on their own feelings about one another, and their agreement to join in an economic partnership and support one another in terms of the material needs of life."
Nothing about children. No understanding that marriage connects generations. By the time Judge Walker and his ilk are finished, there will be nothing left of marriage but a government registry of friendships.