The New York Times reports that the younger Barbara Bush supports same-sex marriage. Surprised?
It’s not really a surprise that Bush, like Meghan McCain, disagrees with her father about marriage. It’s rather easy for 20-somethings—or millennials–to jump on the very tidy-looking “rights” bandwagon that proponents of same-sex marriage have made marriage to be.
It’s not entirely the fault of millennials that the purpose of marriage is lost on them. Bush, McCain and their peers grew up breathing air thick with a cultural disregard for marriage. Experiencing the personal benefit of having a married mom and dad doesn’t change what they witnessed–willful divorces and the suffering of the children of divorce. The result is a generational embrace of sex as a right and marriage as one of many lifestyles, rather than as the best family structure for children and a stabilizing force for society.
Unfortunately, support for same-sex marriage by millennials exhibits a misplaced compassion that could lead to more children separated from what they most need—a married mom and dad. In their eagerness to champion a cause and the underdog, millennials are supporting the loudest voices—those of adults demanding a right to redefine marriage for everyone.
The real tragedy will occur if marriage redefiners and their well-intended champions are successful. A redefinition of marriage would result in more children missing the financial, physical, scholastic, emotional and relational benefits of growing up with a married mom and dad.
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