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David Blankenhorn. "Protecting marriage to protect children." LA Times. September 19, 2008: "Marriage is society's most pro-child institution."


Brad Sears & Alan Hirsch "Gay Marriage: Pro and Con" UCLA Law School's Williams Institute 11/26/03 - "The notion persists that gay couples make poor parents because they are inadequate [differentiated] role models. The new variation of the argument is suggested by the quotes [] from [] conservative pundits: Children need a parent of each gender to model appropriate behavior. In [the supreme court case] Goodridge, the state advanced this argument in opposition to same-sex marriage. Kristi Hamrick of the Family Research Council puts the point bluntly: 'A child needs a male role model and a female role model. These are not interchangeable puzzle pieces.'"

Adam Kolasinksi's, "The Secular Case Against Gay Marriage" 2/20/04: "The differences between men and women extend beyond anatomy, so it is essential for a child to be nurtured by parents of both sexes if a child is to learn to function in a society made up of both sexes. Is it wise to have a scoial policy that encourages family arrangements that deny children such essentials? Gays are not necessarily bad parents, nor will they necessarily make their children gay, but they cannot provide a set of parents that includes both a male and a female."

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby warned in 2003 that the Massachusetts decision imperils "unique sex roles in family life."

Professor Douglas Kmiec, LA Times - Children of gay parents miss "the benefits of child rearing by the distinct attributes of both father and mother."

David Popenoe: "Life Without Father: Compelling New Evidence That Fatherhood and Marriage Are Indispensable for the Good of Children and Society" (1996)

Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons of Catholic Medical Association 7/20/05 said that the Americans Psychiatric Association's 2005 call for the legalization of gay marriage "ignores the vast scholarship on the needs of children such as Henry Biller's 'Fathers and Families: Paternal Factors in Child Development,' which includes a bibliography of almost 1,000 separate articles or books on the positive effects of fathers on children."

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