Marriage equality for same sex couples benefits all couples?

This is the 3rd time in about a week I've seen this topic presented on news sites.

Dailybeast.com:   "gay marriage is a stabilizing, conservatizing force upon society"

theAtlantic.com:  "Research finds that same-sex unions are happier than heterosexual marriages. What can gay and lesbian couples teach straight ones about living in harmony?"

also:  "What if same-sex marriage does change marriage, but primarily for the better? For one thing, there is reason to think that, rather than making marriage more fragile, the boom of publicity around same-sex weddings could awaken among heterosexuals a new interest in the institution, at least for a time. But the larger change might be this: by providing a new model of how two people can live together equitably, same-sex marriage could help haul matrimony more fully into the 21st century."

HuffPost.com:  ditto, me-too article

Oprah agrees, so it must be true! Same-Sex Couples May Make Institution Of Marriage Stronger (Oprah who has never married?)

This was brought up in January in SeattleTimes.com:  "The most conservative, family-affirming vote the Washington Legislature could cast would be to legalize same-sex marriage" although this article does not make the leap that marriage equality strengthens straight marriages.

After posting this topic in the LGBTI group, the daily beast article came up, so I decided to expand it to the forum.   I think it's of interest to all.  

I find it refreshing that, rather than being on the defensive about marriage equality - "done be unfair to gay couples, don't deny them the rights others have", this approach goes further.  It shows the potential for all of society to benefit from same sex marriage.

That may be wishful thinking - the social science is in its infancy.  I don't know whether straights would benefit from gay marriage equality or not.  But it's a novel and interesting approach.  This approach also leaves out the religion issue entirely, depending entirely on discussion of societal good.

Tags: LGBTI, Marriage equality, gay marriage, marriage

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