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Viewpoints: Society is built around families, not procreation Share By Norma Ming

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At its heart, the debate over same-sex marriage is about how we define marriage and why it's good for society. Some argue for a definition of marriage around childbearing, procreation or "the procreative act."

Ignoring criticisms that this conjugal view (a) devalues adoptive families and childless marriages as loopholes which society kindly overlooks and (b) fails to account for marriages in which no such conjugal union can ever happen, one may still appreciate that the essence of this view is to celebrate the symbolic act of procreation. If producing offspring is how the human race survives, then perhaps we should preserve a representation of that mechanism in the form of marriage.

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