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  • Elizabeth Abbott interviewed on the changing institution of marriage

    Elizabeth Abbott interviewed on the changing institution of marriage

    May 3, 2011

    What are your thoughts about the future of the institution of marriage? I think it has a really good future for fewer people. It’s becoming one option among several. . . . Gay people who wish to marry can do it, so that has reinforced the institution. It’s allowed a whole new excluded segment of the population into it as potential spouses. This reinforces marriage. . . . And certainly the issue of gay marriage is treated differently. We sometimes hear arguments in the U.S. about marriage being about bearing children—you spoke earlier about the plunging birth rate—and this is offered as a reason to prevent gay marriages. This argument also applies to older people. Should a menopausal woman be barred from marriage because she can’t have children? And gay people can have children. They can’t with each other but one of them can have a biological child or they can adopt. —Elizabeth Abbott, interviewed by University of Toronto

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