A Firm Foundation

On August 27, 2013, in Family, Marriage, William C. Duncan, by Betsy

by a Ruth Institute Circle of Experts member, and the director of the Marriage Law Foundation.

This article was first published August 27, 2013, at ethika politica.

Our laws have never, thankfully, required a parenting license. Historically, though, determining a legal parent often meant looking at a marriage license (or proof of marriage, since licenses are a relative newcomer on the legal scene).  

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By Napp Nazworth , Christian Post Reporter

A healthy society needs fathers. Men, therefore, need to embrace their manhood and recognize the important role they play as husbands and fathers in a family, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse advised Friday in a panel on the problem of fatherlessness at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.

The important role men play in a family is due to their natural instincts to protect the weak and vulnerable, Morse explained, but liberals and feminists have made men afraid to embrace their unique role.

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by  , Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family Research Council, and Ruth Institute Circle of Experts member.

This article was first published at The Public Discourse on March 11, 2013.

This year, the Supreme Court will render judgment on the institution of marriage. Though most of us don’t realize it, the Court first did so forty-one years ago in Eisenstadt v. Baird, a decision that gravely wounded marriage and set the nation on a course of gradual debilitation by ruling that states could not restrict the sale of contraceptives to unmarried people.

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by Patrick Fagan

February 6th, 2013 http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/02/7821/

Family, church, and school are the three basic people-forming institutions, and it is no wonder that they produce the best results–including economic and political ones–when they cooperate.

Even if all the market reforms of the Washington think tanks, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes Magazine were enacted, we’d still need to kiss the Great American Economy goodbye. Below the level of economic policy lies a society that is producing fewer people capable of hard work, especially married men with children. As the retreat from marriage continues apace, there are fewer and fewer of these men, resulting in a slowly, permanently decelerating economy.

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by Helen Alvaré

December 6, 2011 http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/12/4397

The Supreme Court was more right than it knew during the past two centuries as it identified the state’s interest in marriage as children and their formation. The first in a two-part series.

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