Too Brief Answers to Marriage Questions

IFI3From IFI’s Laurie Higgins:

In more than a few articles, I have included questions regarding marriage that should be posed to our lawmakers by their constituents and the press, and which all conservatives—including conservative lawmakers—should be able to answer. We have received numerous requests for answers to these essential questions. Each day this week I will attempt to provide brief responses to each of the questions. Brevity and my own intellectual limitations guarantee a degree of inadequacy, but my hope is that even with those limitations, the answers will be helpful. Portions of these articles appear in previously posted articles by this author.

Here are the questions — click on them to link to the articles where the answers are found.

What is marriage? Does it have any inherent features or do we create it out of whole cloth? Why is marriage limited to two people?

Do children have a right to be raised by a mother and father?

Why is the government involved in marriage?

Is the government involved in marriage to affirm love or to provide benefits to unions because of their love?

Why shouldn’t platonic friends, two brothers, or five people of assorted genders be permitted to marry?

How would the legalization of same-sex “marriage” affect society?

Is the legal prohibition of same-sex “marriage” analogous or equivalent to bans on interracial marriage?

Does the prohibition of same-sex “marriage” violate the separation of church and state?

Does the Constitution prohibit citizens from having their religious beliefs shape their political decisions?