Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 10 Feb 2013.
Pro-family organisations have applauded a Canadian Supreme Court decision upholding Quebec’s laws which provide rights to married couples that do not apply to couples merely living together.
The decision is seen by many as a recognition of the unique and distinctive role that true marriage plays in society, and the distinctive good that marriage brings to a couple and their family.
According to Institute of Marriage and Family Canada researcher Andrea Mrozek, social science research indicates that people living together tend to break up more readily, are more likely to have multiple sexual partners. Their children face more problems — higher rates of school dropout, increased use of illicit drugs, and an earlier age of sexual initiation. And single parents are more likely to be poor.
The wisdom of many generations insists that there’s something uniquely beneficial to society about marriage; and devaluing marriage or changing the meaning of marriage could have serious consequences for future generations.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.