Jason Kuznicki on the Purpose of Marriage
I read a post on Family Scholar's Blog, where David Blankenhorn discusses his recent debate with Andrew Sullivan and Sullivan's comments about it on his blog.
In a post related to the debate topic, What is Marriage?, Blankenhorn asks:
The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that what happens in the U.S. regarding SSM will hinge essentially on our collective answer to the basic question, what is marriage? Is marriage essentially a private emotional bond between consenting adults, or is it also society’s most pro-child social institution?
Even when I put the two together, it still didn't add up.
Then I saw that Jason Kuznicki at Positive Liberty has a well thought out post: On Nurturing as the True Purpose of Marriage. He begins,
Here I argue that the reason for marriage is neither solely to produce children, nor to seek romantic fulfillment, nor merely to contract with the government for rights or benefits. I propose another model, arguing that it explains the institution of marriage much better than the common reasons given for it in the same-sex marriage debate.
It's well worth reading. Here are two of Jason's other posts that are also favorites of mine:
Without Pain or Fear or Guilt
How Not to Make Me Ex-Gay
Update: Jason has a followup post describing some of the responses he got to his first post.