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Denying same-sex marriage defends children's rights

Opposition to extending civil marriage to same-sex couples isn't theocracy as Sen. Allan Kittleman has suggested. It's not bigotry, narrow-mindedness, hatred or "homophobia." It's common sense!

And it's a matter of children's rights. Each of us has a biological father and mother. It's naturally optimal for every child to have the advantage of a loving mother and father at home.

Of course, this isn't always possible. But it makes sense for the law to foster this optimal child-raising environment, not promote deliberate, less optimal alternatives.

Children's rights should take precedence over adults' disordered desires. Same-sex attraction is not the same as the normal variations of humanity like race or ethnicity. There is much credible research indicating that, while most people do not choose same-sex attraction, it is a childhood psychological misdevelopment associated with trauma or a lack of bonding with positive parent figures of each gender, especially the child's same gender. The fact that the American Psychiatric Association decided to remove homosexuality as a disorder from their treatment manual in 1973 doesn't impress me. American psychiatry has been wrong before. Seventy years ago they dispensed lobotomies like they now dispense Prozac. Protecting marriage is "Civility in Howard County."

Michael Hurley


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