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More on the Iowa Marriage Ruling

Two and a half weeks ago, I had a piece at the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse site, about the Iowa Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.  But there was much, much more that could have been said about that case.  Today at Public Discourse, Jennifer Roback Morse says a lot of it, under the apt title “The Institution Formerly Known As Marriage.”  Here’s a very brief sample:

The essential purpose of marriage is to attach mothers and fathers to their children and to one another. Absent this purpose, we would not need marriage as a distinct social institution.

In those two sentences are more wisdom than in the 69 pages of the Iowa ruling.  But read the whole thing.

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