Suffer the childless
I read the article by Andrew Hastie with interest and felt it was one of the best constructed yet under the “No” argument.
However, from my point of view it is inherently wrong. Andrew states the basis for marriage is procreation. There is no vow in the three religious marriage ceremonies that he mentions that says procreation is part of the reason for marriage. To generalise, religious vows are made to love and honour each other, in sickness and health.
He also states the Commonwealth is not interested in regulating people’s romantic feelings, but only in marriage because of its long-term welfare and health of children. To read that a parliamentary representative has cast many childless couples into the disinterested category is distressing. Are childless couples now going to suffer the discrimination that same-sex couples are enduring? Same-sex couples are as capable of loving relationships as heterosexual. If they adopt children and provide them with a loving, stable upbringing, society could not ask for more from them.