Simon E. wrote:And now there are a number. In the UK at least there is a whole generation of kids who have been raised by same sex couples who could not until now sanction their relationship officially. Adoption by same sex couples and surrogacy are well established in the UK already. Its just that those couples could not marry.
Those young people appear to have the same spectrum of social skills and of psychological well being as everyone else.
Liberal reforms of the 20th century produced unforeseen consequences. For instance, when many mothers entered the workforce in the 60s and 70s, crime rates subsequently increased. Feminism also contributed to an increase in single parent families which statistically is linked to increased social ills like juvenile delinquency and drug use. Liberal immigration policies and multiculturalism in the west also erased cultural identities of many youth, especially in countries like Canada, while driving down wages.
Arguably liberalism has been responsible for a lot of hardship in recent generations. We don't know what the consequence of state sanctioned homosexual marriages and child rearing will be. I imagine in the not too distant future this might prompt conservative Christians to unite and seek political independence if the state is unwilling to accommodate them. Social cohesion will suffer and lead to more fractures along the conservative and liberal divides.
To me the whole issue of gay marriage reflects a society which doesn't have to deal with, at least for now, matters of national survival. Instead of addressing matters like national defense or critical energy security, the hot topics now are issues like gay marriage.
I would actually agree that denying homosexuals the right to marry is a human rights infringement, but I don't believe in human rights. Human rights are used as justification for ghoulish levels of violence which nowadays tends to hurt civilians the most. It also is used to bully opponent countries on the international stage, like the US trying to denounce China constantly (I'm not pro-China, but they have their own internal logic).