Wisconsin, Indiana gay marriage bans reviewed - Chicago Tribune
Honestly seems like the end of the line for anti-gay marriage.Judge Richard Posner waited just about a minute before interrupting the solicitor general from Indiana, beginning a line of questioning about why children of same-sex couples should not be allowed to have legally married parents, as do children of heterosexual couples.
To press his point, Posner asked the attorney to remember when he was six, and consider what it is like for young children of same sex parents to have to realize they are different than their classmates.
“Wouldn’t the children want their parents to be married,” Posner asked, also noting the thousands of children in foster care in Indiana who need to be adopted. “What do you think is psychologically better for the child?” Attorneys from both states were on the defense during much of the questioning.
The Indiana solicitor general defended the ban by linking marriage, as an institution, to procreation and the need for that to be regulated by the state.
If having a man and a woman as a parent was so important to child raising, we'd have taken action to prevent people from having children out of wedlock. Also, anyone who's spouse died who has children would either have their children removed or be forced to marry soon after. If procreation is so vital to the state, why do we let anyone do it? Furthermore, why do social conservatives actively promote a sexual education curriculum that actually increases unwed teenage birth rates?
Another article reports this:
Appeals Panel Questions Wisconsin and Indiana's Gay Marriage Bans
If you need government to tell you how to value your marriage, you are not ready for marriage."Frankly, we don't know if there is a harm," Samuelson said. Later, he said, the concept of marriage could be devalued by allowing same-sex marriage and lead to heterosexual couples deciding not to get married.