If the drinking game for ObamaCare was a shot of “Unprecedented,” here we take a shot for “Institution.”
Is it possible to talk about Marriage without using the word “Institution?”
MR. COOPER: Your Honor, we — we go further 2 in — in the sense that it is reasonable to be very 3 concerned that redefining marriage to — as a genderless institution could well lead over time to harms to that institution and to the interests that society has 6 always — has — has always used that institution to 7 address. But, Your Honor, I —
But consider the California voter, in 2008, 15 in the ballot booth, with the question before her 16 whether or not this age-old bedrock social institution 17 should be fundamentally redefined, and knowing that 18 there’s no way that she or anyone else could possibly 19 know what the long-term implications of — of profound 20 redefinition of a bedrock social institution would be.
MR. COOPER: Yes, Your Honor. The concern 19 is that redefining marriage as a genderless institution 20 will sever its abiding connection to its historic 21 traditional procreative purposes, and it will refocus, 22 refocus the purpose of marriage and the definition of 23 marriage away from the raising of children and to the 24 emotional needs and desires of adults, of adult couples.