Marriage is between one man, one woman

On Wednesday August 4, 2010, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of California ruled that Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between only one man and one woman, was unconstitutional. Here’s an article Mike White, one of our founding directors, wrote for the Oregonian in response:

The Sunday Oregonian, August 8, 2010
Mike White

In today’s politically charged environment, defending the institution of marriage is not always a pleasant task. Now, simply holding the view that marriage is only between a man and a woman is to oppose equality, fairness and the American Way.

This is the position taken by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who single-handedly overturned California’s Proposition 8 and the voices of more than 7 million California voters. In his 132-page ruling, Walker argued that support for traditional marriage is irrational, racist, unfair and enshrines one class of people above another.

But the facts don’t support Walker’s opinion. Throughout all of recorded history and across every continent on earth, the definition of marriage has always been a union between one man and one woman. It is society’s recognition that marriage is unique among family arrangements. That’s because it attaches mothers and fathers to their children and provides the framework for multigenerational family bonds.

Nature itself is imprinted with this one-man-one-woman definition of marriage. Even with all the advancements of modern technology, it still requires the involvement of one man and one woman to produce a child. Decades of social science confirm what most people know by intuition: There is no better domestic environment for children than being raised by their married mother and father.

To recognize these indisputable facts isn’t bigotry. And it doesn’t mean that other family arrangements don’t deserve respect and support. They absolutely do. This is why in 2007 the Oregon Legislature passed a law ensuring that same-sex couples have solid family benefits such as inheritance rights, joint tax filings, child-rearing and custody rights, joint health, auto and homeowners insurance and medical visitations, to name a few.

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