Marriage and Family

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When families are healthy, society is healthy

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If we take a sweeping look over the history of civilization, we will find that the family has always been the foundation of societies. Noted historians Will and Ariel Durant have said, “The family is the nucleus of civilization.”

God designed families to be led by one husband and one wife and comprised of their children and dependents. If anything is added to or subtracted from this natural formula, families, children, and society suffer. Undoubtedly, bad things will happen to families: death, disease and divorce. But our goal individually and as a society should be to maintain the natural, time-tested traditional family — because this is generally best for the welfare of the greatest number of people.

As research demonstrates, family structure does matter: A family headed by a biological mom and dad is the best for children, parents, and society as a whole.


Marriage

Except for the nano-second of history represented by the last twenty years or so, marriage has always been viewed as a relationship between a man and a woman. Rather than marriage being purely a social construct to be scrapped as society changes, marriage is the name that has been given to a life-long, sexually exclusive relationship between one man and one woman.

21-Reasons-Why-Gender-Matters  (PDF from the Fatherhood Foundation)

Tennessean Editorial: Marriage Much More Than Legal Benefits by David Fowler

Divorce

America began a social experiment decades ago with no-fault divorce, removing the historical requirement that there be grounds for divorce.  This was a major shift in the understanding of marriage and the relationship between marriage and reproduction.

Consequently this shift paved the way for declining marriage rates, increased co-habitation, and demands for homosexual marriage.  Research is now very clear that, in general, divorce (particularly in the absence of abuse) has tremendous negative effects on women and children.

And there is a tremendous cost to taxpayers from family fragmentation, over $700 million in Tennessee tax dollars annually.

Read “The Cost of Family Fragmentation” – Full StudyExecutive Summary

Homosexual Marriage

Support for same sex marriage reflects not only a misunderstanding of what marriage is, but a lack of appreciation for the impact a redefinition of marriage will have on society and the reasons that governments provide benefits and impose duties upon marriage.

FACT’s Response to Ruling Ordering Tennessee to Recognize 3 Same-Sex Marriages

10 Leading Questions on Why Not Gay Marriage

Condensed from Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting (InterVarsity Press, 2004) Glenn Stanton

Arguments Against Homosexual Marriage

Same-Sex Parenting, Child Sexual Orientation and Sexual Experiences

Are the Kids Really Alright? 

Are Married Parents Really Better for Children?

Marriage from a Child’s Perspective: How Does Family Structure Affect Children, and What Can We Do about It?

Examining the US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study

What Same-Sex “Marriage” Has Done to Massachusetts

Civil Unions/Domestic Partnerships

Civil Unions are often advanced as a means of providing legal equality for homosexual relationships without having to redefine marriage itself.  But it is clear that the debate is really over homosexual marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships being merely a stepping-stone on the way to homosexual marriage.

Talking Points On Civil Unions

Same Sex Parenting

The claim that same-sex parent households are just as good as married, biological parents, is not supported by any substantial evidence and is almost certainly false. Empirical studies indicate some problems with same-sex parenting, and inductive reasons give further cause for concern.

Yale Survey on Same Sex Parenting


Adoption

All orphaned, unwanted or unborn children deserve loving homes, and there is no shortage of married couples eager to adopt them. But in our relativistic age, where marriage is seen as passé and gender confusion abounds, some cohabiting couples want to adopt in order to create a family.

When the state becomes involved in the “creation” of that family, the vulnerable children who cannot be cared for by their biological parents need as stable an environment as possible.

A stable home environment is “in the best interest of the child.”Generally speaking, nontraditional couples do not provide the stability and the basis for development of a proper gender identity to the same degree and in the same way as married moms and dads.

Experience shows that while moms and dads aren’t perfect, they provide the optimal conditions for a child’s spiritual, psychological and personal development. With so many married couples today on waiting lists to adopt unwanted unborn children, there is no need to conduct a risky social experiment with children by placing them with two parents who have not made a marriage commitment.

Donor Babies

The United States alone has a fertility industry that brings in $3.3 billion annually. Meanwhile, “fertility tourism” has taken off as a booming global trade.  In the U.S., an estimated 30,000-60,000 children are born each year through sperm donation, but this number is only an educated guess. Neither the industry nor any other entity in the U.S. is required to report on these vital statistics.  While donation may create the baby that an adult desires, is it in the best interest of the child so conceived?  The data seems to indicate that it is not.

My Daddy’s Name is Donor – Full Study  •  Executive Summary  •  15 Major Findings


Human Sexuality

Human sexuality is a gift from God and is a visible expression of the invisible reality of the kind of unity, fellowship, union, intimacy, and commitment that exists within the nature of the Triune God.  Therefore, any expression of sexual intimacy outside of the union and commitment reflected in the marriage between one man and one woman is a distortion of God’s design.  Apart from this theological underpinning, however, prudence would suggest restraint because of the relational, physical, and emotional harm that generally follows acts of marital infidelity, promiscuity, and homosexuality, and from the substitution of pornography for sexual expression within marriage.

Pornography

Pornography (including strip clubs euphemistically called “gentlemen’s clubs” or “adult-oriented entertainment”) is not a victimless activity. It is a tool that destroys marriages, affects the brain negatively, breeds disease and crime, and is used in sex trafficking.

Pornography’s Social Cost

Psychological Effects on Men

National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

 

Our Mission: To equip Tennesseans and their public officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good.