One of the best defenses of traditional marriage I've heard.
A senior district court judge has upheld the constitutionality of a Hawaiian law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
“It is not beyond rational speculation to conclude that fundamentally altering the definition of marriage to include same-sex unions might result in undermining the societal understanding of the link between marriage, procreation, and family structure,” Judge Alan Cooke Kay, a Reagan appointee, wrote. “Because Hawaii’s marriage laws are rationally related to legitimate government interests they do not violate the federal Constitution.”
I was also struck by the following article this morning discussing a decline in pet ownership, while also mentioning the decline of the traditional family unit.
The number of pets of all kinds had been rising steadily since at least 1986, when AVMA began doing its twice-a-decade count. But from 2006 to 2011 it declined.
One factor: When older pets die, people are less likely to replace them, possibly because they can't afford to, says Ron DeHaven, CEO of the vets association.
Changing demographics also plays a role, says Stephen Zawistowski, science adviser to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York.
Pet ownership tends to be more common in families that include two parents and children. Single people, couples without children and older people are less likely to have pets. As America moves away from the mom-dad-two-kids household, he says, pet numbers decline. It is true that people have been having less children due to contraception and abortion. It is also obvious that same-sex "marriage" has played a role in this.
"There's an old saying," he says: "Retirement starts when the last kid leaves home and the last dog dies."