By Derrick DePledge
The Hawaii Republican Assembly is taking the lead among conservative Republicans in opposing gay marriage in Hawaii.
On Tuesday, the group warned supporters that gay marriage would hurt children, citing background material from the conservative Heritage Foundation.
From the Heritage Foundation, we know well that:
- Redefining marriage would hurt children. Decades of social science—including very recent and robust studies—show that children do better when raised by a married mom and dad.
- Redefining marriage would further separate marriage from the needs of children. It would deny as a matter of policy the ideal that a child needs a mom and a dad. Government would be forced to intervene more often and welfare programs would grow even larger.
- Redefining marriage would put a new principle into the law—that marriage is whatever emotional bond the government says it is.
- Redefining marriage would push out traditional views on the family, leading to the erosion of religious liberty. Citizens in Canada and right here in places like Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., are already seeing this happen.