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Children do better with mom and dad

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Despite expectations of political pundits, the push for same-sex “marriage” has thus far failed to get enough support to pass in the Illinois House. So, the battle to defend the institution of marriage continues.

The laws of our state and nation have historically recognized marriage because it benefits society in a way no other relation can – it alone has the potential to produce new members of society in an environment uniquely designed for the well-being of children.

Creating a gender-less union ignores the social science evidence that clearly demonstrates that children do best in a home with both a mother and a father.

The question that proponents of same-sex marriage cannot answer was best put recently by 11-year-old Grace Evans as she addressed a panel of the Minnesota Legislature: “Which parent do I not need? My mom or my dad?”

Any other definition of marriage elevates an adult’s desire over a child’s need.

We must continue to work against this devastating agenda for the sake of future generations. Please take a moment to call your state representative and ask her or him to oppose the anti-family effort to redefine the institution of marriage. The Capitol switchboard number is 217-782-2000.

Note to readers – David E. Smith is the executive director of the Illinois Family Institute.

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