Silly argument

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The efforts to ban same-sex marriage described in “Foes of Same-Sex Marriage in Michigan Take Bad-for-Children Argument to Court” (Feb. 23) are just silly, and nothing more than a stealth approach to unjustifiable discrimination.

First of all, there are today tens of thousands of children already being raised by same-sex couples, whether or not those couples are married. So, if there is to be a “bad-for-children” debate at all — and such a debate is unlikely to be useful — it should be whether or not permitting those couples to marry would somehow make things worse for their children.

Second, why debate whether being raised by a given couple is “bad-for-children” only if the couple happens to be of the same gender, as opposed to considering the many attributes of any couple in determining whether they should be legally permitted to marry?

The writer is a lawyer.

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