What the sanctity of marriage means

6/28/13
 
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By Donna Brazile

from CNN,
6/28/13:

The Supreme Court’s ruling shows marriage is an institution that provides stability for society and for the family, so important that it must apply to all equally.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality this week. Marriage is an institution intended for two people who love one another, who want to commit to lifetime bonding as mates, and to form a family, whether it’s only the two of them, or also includes children.

The traditional concept of marriage has evolved over time. In recent history, it has been defined by most religions, and the states, as one man and a woman. Yet there are millions of humans whose makeup is such that they are attracted to the same gender and share the universal human desire to bond with a lifetime mate. They’re gays.

Marriage is an institution that provides stability for society and for the family. By striking down DOMA and dismissing the appeal on California’s Proposition 8, the Supreme Court has forged a bipartisan consensus that marriage is an important enough institution that it should apply to humans equally, regardless of gender. Importantly, the court also strengthened the foundation upon which advocates and officials will one day achieve marriage equality nationwide.

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