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According to one, opposing the judicial invalidation of traditional marriage laws is tantamount to supporting segregationist racism.
According to the other, it is simply absurd to believe that considerations of equal treatment favor recognizing same-sex marriages. Civil marriage was instituted, let us concede, to safeguard the interests of children by endorsing and protecting the kind of stable, committed relationships that produce them and are suited to their upbringing.
There are considerable mental health and wellbeing benefits conferred on those in the fortunate position of being able to marry legally.
And there are associated deleterious impacts of being denied this opportunity.
A US study that surveyed more than 36,000 people aged 18-70 found lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals were far less psychologically distressed if they were in a legally recognised same-sex marriage than if they were not.
Married heterosexuals were less distressed than either of these groups.