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August 10, 2014

Section: Culture – Family

Traditional marriage as the central building block prevents behavioral problems in boys and psychological problems in girls, but single-parent families are concentrat­ed among blacks and the less educated while hardly occurring at all among women with a college degree.

My criticism is that the gay movement isn’t just asking for civil rights; it’s asking for recognition and acceptance of an alternative lifestyle which I do not believe society can condone, nor can I.” Ronald Reagan

 

Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):

Marriage is the cornerstone of the family, the ideal union of one man and one woman and the ideal environment for childbearing and childrearing.

o   The norms of marriage apply to maximal experiential union where a couple’s relationship is permanent, each party will share more of his or her life with the other than if they separate, and the expectation of permanence will give rise to a quality of no-holding-back. 

o   The traditionalist assumes a couple is a “reproductive unit” intrinsically valuable whether or not a couple reproduce.

o   Coitus achieves bodily union since the kind of act that is reproductively oriented that the relationships of infertile couples, but not those of same-sex couples, are potentially marital.

o   The “revisionist” understands marriage as only a “maximal experiential union” composed of two persons’ sharing each other’s lives.

·         The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1996. 

o   Marriage is designed to nurture procreation and child rearing.

o   The purpose of the law was to keep states that allow gay marriage from forcing these marriages on other states, under the Full Faith & Credit clause of the US Constitution.  

o   42 states have laws that preserve the traditional definition of marriage, either by state constitutional amendment and/or by statute.

o   Thirty-seven states have their own Defense of Marriage Acts, while 32 states have constitutional amendments protecting traditional marriage. 

§  The bill also includes a definition of “marriage”: the word `marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word `spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.

o   In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional as federalism over-reach.

o   While the ceremony for religious and secular marriages differs, the meaning has always been similar.

o   Marriage protects and promotes the wellbeing of children.

o   By 2005 out of wedlock birth rates among blacks increased from 23.6% to nearly 70%.

§  By 2005 out of wedlock birth rates among whites increased from 3.1% to 25.3%.

o   Family breakdown then compounded the problem by condemning children to poverty.

o   Partners who cohabit without the intention of marrying often have short relationships with few benefits.

o   Men and women who cohabit are more likely to experience partner abuse and infidelity.

o   Parenting role of cohabiting partner is vaguely defined, making unstable living arrangement for children.

o   50% of children born to cohabiting parents saw their parents part by age 5, compared with only 15% of children born to married parents.

o   Research shows mothers and fathers spend equal time on work endeavors, including paid and unpaid.

Family is the basic building block of society.

o   Marriage has been both the cornerstone and keystone of civilized societies, while sexual promiscuity has been a corrosive, destructive force weakening a civilization.

o   “Cultures that were more sexually permissive displayed less cultural energy, creativity, intellectual development and individualism, and a slower general cultural ascent.”

o   Adult children choose their own spouses, without arranged marriages;

o   Adult children leave their parents home to form a new, independent family in a new home;

o   The parents do not have a duty to leave their property to any child, and they may sell it during their lives or leave it by will to anyone they choose;

o   Children have no duty to provide for their parents; and

o   Extended families are weak and have no control over personal decisions.

o   In 2000 government spent more than $150 billion subsidizing single parent families.

o   While marriage may not be a cure for poverty, it does turn out to be a fairly reliable preventative.

o   71% of Americans say growth in births of unwed mothers is a “big problem.”

o   69% of Americans think a child needs a home with both a father and a mother.

o   66% of Americans say a single woman with children is a trend that is bad for society.

o   The above three findings are the same regardless of age, race, and education.

o   Children from homes with fathers are nine times more likely to graduate.

o   71% of dropouts come from fatherless homes.

o   92% of children whose families make more than $75k live with two parents.

o   Only 20% of children whose families make less than $15k live with two parents.

o   Only 7% of children of mothers with college degrees are born out of wedlock.

o   The out-of-wedlock birth rate among women who drop out of high school is 15%.

o   The out-of-wedlock birth rate among African-American women is 67%.

o   Boys who are raised by single mothers are twice as likely to end up in prison by age 32.

o   Girls who are born outside of marriage are three times as likely to have a teenage pregnancy.

o   Teens born outside of marriage are about twice as likely to drop out of high school.

Child marriage is defined as marriage carried out below the age of 18.

US divorce rate more than doubled between 1960 and 2000.

o   Wives precipitate two-thirds to three quarters of all divorces and separations.

o   Divorce rate dropped to 16.5% (first married 1990-1994) among college graduates.

o   Divorce rate has risen to 38% (first married 1990-1994) among high school graduates.

o   Divorce rate has risen to 50% among high school dropouts.

o   Many mothers avoid divorce by never marrying in the first place.

o   Unwed childbearing rates (7%) and divorce rates (10%) for female college graduates are low.

The government has no role in regulating and institutionalizing sexual activity.

·         The government role is restricted to exceptions of consanguinity (close blood relations), use of force and victimization, commercial trafficking of sexual favors, and exploitation of minors.

·         Those who choose to cohabit in non-traditional relationships have ample options for formalizing their arrangements through the private contract process, which government enforces but does not sanction.

·         Marriage licenses exist as government recognition of the unique procreative potential of heterosexual relationships.

o   A failure of the procreators to act as proper guardians forces the government to build safety-net systems for children whose parents either cannot or will not provide for them.

o   Marriage provides a structure for assigning responsibility for children potentially produced by heterosexual relations.

o   It fixes responsibility for paternity on the husband, regardless of who may have fathered the children during a marriage.

Statistics of the fatherless family tell a depressing story:

·         Children in single parent households are more likely to be poor:

o   In 2002, 7.8% of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 38.4% of children in mother-only household families.

o   During the year before their babies were born, 43% of unmarried mothers received welfare or food stamps, 21% received some type of housing subsidy, and 9% received another type of government transfer (unemployment insurance etc.).

o   For women who have another child, the proportion who receives welfare or food stamps rises to 54%.

o   A child with a nonresident father is 54% more likely to be poor than his or her father.

·         Compared to peers living with both parents, kids in single parent homes had:

o   a 77% greater risk of being physically abused.

o   an 87% greater risk of being harmed by physical neglect.

o   a 165% greater risk of experiencing notable physical neglect.

o   a 74% greater risk of suffering from emotional neglect.

o   an 80% greater risk of suffering serious injury as a result of abuse.

o   overall, a 120% greater risk of being endangered by some type of child.

o   63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes, 5 times the average.

o   90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes; 32 times the average.

o   85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes; 20 times the average;

o   80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes; 14 times the average;

o   71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes; 9 times the average;

o   75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes; 10 times the average;

o   70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes; 9 times the average;

o   85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes; 20 times the average.

·         Children in single parent households tend to have more behavior issues:

o   Adolescents from single-parent families engage in greater and earlier sexual activity.

o   Fatherless children are at much higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy, and criminality.

o   Most abused children come from fatherless homes; only 1/3 abused kids lived with both biological parents.

o   50% of child abuse cases are committed by single mothers.

o   Fatherless children are at dramatically greater risk of suicide..

o   Fatherless boys have much more trouble establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity.

o   80% of youth psychiatric patients are from fatherless homes.

o   Fatherless children are less cooperative and score lower on IQ tests.

o   Fatherless kids exhibit significantly more conduct problems, and daughters have higher rates of anxiety or depression.

o   “Father hunger” often afflicts boys age 1-2 whose fathers are suddenly and permanently absent. Sleep disturbances, nightmares/ night terrors frequently begin within one to three months after the father leaves home.

o   Children of never-married mothers are more than twice as likely to have been treated for an emotional or behavioral problem.

o   Fatherless children are more likely to have been expelled or suspended from school, to display emotional problems, and to engage in antisocial behavior.

o   Researchers observed “greater levels of aggression in boys from mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households.”

o   80% of adolescents in psychiatric hospitals come from broken homes.

o   Violent school kids are 11 times more likely to live without their fathers and six times more likely to have unmarried parents.

o   43% of prison inmates are fatherless; 14% lived in households without either biological parent; and 14% spent some of their childhood in a foster home, agency or other juvenile institution.

o   72% of adolescent murderers grew up without fathers; 60% of America’s rapists grew up the same way.

o   Only 13% of juvenile delinquents come from families in which the biological mother and father are married to each other. By contract, 33% have parents who are either divorced or separated and 44% have parents who were never married.

o   Fatherless teenage boys are more likely to be incarcerated for delinquent offenses and also manifest worse conduct while incarcerated.

o   70% of juveniles in state reform institutions grew up fatherless.

o   Fatherless males engage in twice as much criminal activity, which triples if their neighborhood has a high concentration of single-parent families.

Homosexuals have claimed a “right” not supported by our Constitution.

o   State supreme courts judicially imposed same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa.

o   In Vermont, New Hampshire, the District of Columbia, and New York, legislative action has authorized same-sex marriage.

o   For every homosexual pedophile offender about 150 boys are molested whereas about 20 girls are molested per heterosexual pedophile offender.

Homosexuality: nature or nurture is a hot topic of discussion.

·         The question has immense political, social, and cultural repercussions.

·         Homosexuality has existed through recorded time.

·         While biology plays a role in sexual behavior, no “gay gene” has been found.

·         Whatever natural-science data exists for inborn sexual orientations is preliminary and disputed.

·         The totality of scholarly research on homosexuality indicates gayness is much more socio-cultural than biological.

A Canadian study acknowledged that gays and lesbians are at higher risk for a number of deadly diseases and disorders that reduce the life spans of gay and bisexual men by 20 years compared to the average man in Canada:

There has been a backlash in Europe promoting traditional family definition and values.

Experiments with same-sex marriage in other countries have had disastrous results.

o   Scandinavians view parenthood as test to see if out to get married.

 

Principles:

The institution of marriage itself was not created, and thus can not be redefined, by government.

Marriage is a specific form of kinship with specific obligations:

·         Marriage is concerned above all with female sexuality, protecting the child bearing partner from rape, degradation, and concubinage.

·         Marriage impose a set of rules that determines not only whom one may marry, but, more important, whom one may not marry.

·         Marriage changes the nature of sexual relations between a man and a woman.

·         Marriage defines the end of childhood, sets a boundary between generations within the same family and between families, and establishes the rules in any given society for crossing those boundaries.

Ten non-religious reasons to keep marriage traditional:

·         To reproduce, nature favors heterosexuality, not homosexuality.

·         Nature teaches us to build the family unit and honor gender differences.

·         The essence of marriage is the: permanent and exclusive covenant and union of one male and one female who consummate their monogamous commitment by their unique sex act, which is capable (or potentially capable) of producing a child.

·         Childless heterosexual married couples reinforce marriage, not redefine it.

·         Traditional marriage is strong, as is.

·         Some certainties should not be rejected or fundamentally transformed.

·         History and democracy matter.

·         Preserving traditional marriage is a virtue, not "homophobia" or bigotry.

·         Upholding standards against other redefinitions is necessary.

·         Unmarried civil union is a fair and reasonable compromise.

 

Recommendations:

Defend and strengthen traditional marriage and the family in federal and state law and policies.

Embrace the ‘Culture of Belonging” encouraging the combination of “work, wedlock, and worship.”

 

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