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In which case, what same-sex couples will have will not be the same as what differently sexed couples now have.
We lag behind the UK, many European countries, some states in the US, and (perish the thought!
) New Zealand, and we ought to get with the programme.
Now, I didn't pluck this definition from the sky, nor is it simply a piece of religious teaching.
It is the meaning of marriage that emerges from all human cultures as they reflect on and experience what it is to be male and female. When I ask them about marriage, they almost always indicate that it is for them the beginning of a new family unit open to welcoming children.