October 07, 2013 Articles

The Rights of Children of Same-Sex Couples: In Their Own Words

By Monique R. Sherman

[T]here is an immediate legal injury or—what could be a legal injury, and that’s the voice of these children. There are some 40,000 children in California . . . that live with same-sex parents, and they want their parents to have full recognition and full status. The voice of those children is important in this case, don’t you think?

Justice Anthony Kennedy Transcript of Oral Argument at 21, Hollingsworth v. Perry, 133 S. Ct. 2652 (2013) (No. 12-144) (argued Mar. 26, 2013).

We see the argument made that there is no problem with extending marriage to same-sex couples because children raised by same-sex couples are doing just fine and there is no evidence that they are being harmed. And the other argument is Proposition 8 harms children by not allowing same-sex couples to marriage[sic]. Which is it?

Chief Justice John Roberts Id. at 61.

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