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Defending Marriage Is ‘Social Justice for Children’

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As the U.S. Senate debates the “ Respect for Marriage ” Act, a social scientist said politicians must understand that preserving the time-honored definition of marriage is necessary to establish “social justice for children.”

The House of Representatives passed the misnamed bill, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and define marriage as any union “valid in the [s]tate where the marriage was entered into,” on Tuesday with 47 Republican votes.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced that he plans to pass the bill soon and already has two Republican co-sponsors: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and retiring Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Four other Republicans said they are leaning toward voting yes: Roy Blunt of Missouri, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

Many of them justified their vote, which violates the Republican Party platform, by citing their relationships with same-sex couples. But lawmakers overlook the most vulnerable party in any family: the child.

“We’re making decisions based on adults’ feelings, because if we were making decisions based on children’s feelings, we would protect a child’s right to life, and we would protect natural marriage,” Katy Faust told “ Washington Watch with Tony […]

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