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Defending Marriage -- One Conversation at a Time: Marriage Expert Shares New and Effective Techniques for Defending Traditional Marriage
Contact: Shannon Minch-Hughes, Emmaus Road Publishing, 740-283-2484 x115, shughes@cuf.org
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio, March 25, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Defending traditional marriage has become likened to hate speech. William B. May, author of Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: a Guide for Effective Dialogue and President of Catholics for the Common Good (CCG) says we can divert such attacks and turn them around. "We don't buy into the other side's argument," May said. "Instead, I ask, 'What does this have to do with the only institution that unites children to their moms and dads?'"
It is a question that should be addressed this week by the U.S. Supreme Court as oral arguments begin Tuesday, March 26th on California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage, followed by arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage for federal government benefits. Coinciding with the opening case will be the "March for Marriage" in D.C. as a show of support for traditional marriage.
May explains, "People should understand that the real question is not whether to let homosexuals marry, but whether to redefine marriage or not. Under the current definition of marriage, he said it is an institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers. Thus, marriage between homosexuals is not possible without completely changing its purpose and removing its primary public interest."
Getting the Marriage Conversation Right is an effective "how-to" guide to help people speak the truth while avoiding pitfalls. He explained, the culture has brainwashed us to the point that we often try to defend what we know is true and beautiful about marriage but start with falsehoods and fall into traps. His book helps to deprogram the cultural misperceptions on the purpose for marriage and explains how to defend it without religious arguments or discussing homosexuality, which lead people off the topic.
May uses the starting point of children's rights. He said that the fact that our society is facing crises in marriage highlights our need to strengthen its recognition. But defending it is not enough. He stresses that advocating for laws, curricula, and institutions that promote men and woman marrying before having children is an imperative of social justice.
William B. May is available to comment on marriage as it relates to:

        Avoiding common traps and pitfalls when defending traditional marriage
        How society has lost the understanding of marriage
        Avoiding religious arguments for public policy on marriage
        Ways to strengthen the recognition of the reality of marriage