Marriage should support kids' well-being

Marriage is a social good ("Concept of marriage has evolved over time" by Ms Angeline Wong Hui Wei; last Thursday).

It is the foundation of a strong society, promoting wealth and prosperity, while shaping the next generation by inculcating the right values in children.

It creates an environment where children are protected, loved and nurtured. 

Marriage is the foundation of a strong society, promoting wealth and prosperity, while shaping the next generation by inculcating the right values in children.

It creates an environment where children are protected, loved and nurtured.

Thus, it is in the interests of both government and society to promote marriage.

Married couples who cannot have children suffer much anguish and private pain as they constantly experience infertility as an inability to fulfil a basic aspect of marriage.

Their relationship is ordered towards having children, even if it is frustrated and kept from this fulfilment.

As emphasised by Mr Darius Lee in his letter last Wednesday ("Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined"), the Government recognises the pre-political institution of marriage not because it is interested in the romantic relationships of adults, but to support the right of every child to be raised by a father and a mother wherever possible.

Ho Lay Ping (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2015, with the headline 'Marriage should support kids' well-being'. Print Edition | Subscribe