Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Same-Sex Marriage and the Destruction of American Culture

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Same-Sex Marriage and the Destruction of American Culture

The late 20th century disintegration of marriage is epoch-defining and hazardous to moral health. The question of legally recognizing same-sex marriage - thrust upon us by recent court decisions - culminates this disintegration.

There are many reasons why the ills of marriage are so pivotal. Marriage is the principle of sexual morality. Immoral sexual acts are often wrong for other reasons, too, such as the injustice of imposing oneself sexually upon another without consent. But all immoral sexual activity is wrong because it is non-marital.

Our law until recently recognized this pivotal role of marriage. As United States Supreme Court
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