Argument: Gays raise children now, but at a disadvantage w/o marriage
Brad Sears Director of the UCLA School of Law's Williams Project on Sexual Orientation Law, and Alan Hirsch "Gay Marriage: Pro and Con." Village Voice. December 2nd, 2003: "Married or not, gay couples raise children. Today, census figures show, roughly 600,000 same-sex couples are raising more than a million children. But they do so at a serious disadvantage. The debate over same-sex marriage often revolves around abstract questions of religion or morality, overlooking the painfully concrete consequences. Over 1,000 federal and state laws (according to the General Accounting Office) make marriage the prerequisite for rights and benefits pertaining to taxes, health insurance, hospital visitation, property sharing, and much more. As the Goodridge court recognized, prohibiting same-sex marriage creates a 'caste-like' system in which gay couples are denied legal protections and financial benefits that help provide a stable family structure. Marriage laws give children legally recognized relationships with both parents, enhanced household income, and security in the event their parents divorce or die—all told, a comprehensive system of support and protection...many gay couples struggle to provide a decent quality of life for their children solely because of unequal laws. Those who fret about the children of gay couples should worry about whether those children have health insurance, rather than about the chromosome mix of their parents."