The Witherspoon Institute hosts a document entitled Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles that is a shining example of solid research on why marriage, traditionally understood between one man and one woman, should be upheld on all levels legal, moral, social, psychological, and philosophical. Although published more than two years ago, its findings are penetrating and remain highly relevant and extremely important. Marriage and the Public Good is
“the result of scholarly discussions that … brought together scholars from history, economics, psychiatry, law, sociology and philosophy to share with each other the findings of their research on why marriage is in the public interest.”
The document defends marriage from ten principles, which are:
- Marriage is a personal union, intended for the whole of life, of husband and wife.
- Marriage is a profound human good, elevating and perfecting our social and sexual nature.
- Ordinarily, both men and women who marry are better off as a result.
- Marriage protects and promotes the well-being of children.
- Marriage sustains civil society and promotes the common good.
- Marriage is a wealth-creating institution, increasing human and social capital.
- When marriage weakens, the equality gap widens, as children suffer from the disadvantages of growing up in homes without committed mothers and fathers.
- A functioning marriage culture serves to protect political liberty and foster limited government.
- The laws that govern marriage matter significantly.
- “Civil marriage” and “religious marriage” cannot be rigidly or completely divorced from one another.
In addition, Lee Gatiss’ sensitive and keen article titled The Issue of Pre-Marital Sex is an important read for anyone who has teens or 20-somethings.