What is Marriage?
Marriage is uniquely beneficial to society because it is the foundation of the family and the basic building block of society. It brings significant stability and meaning to human relationships and remains the ideal for the raising of children. Marriage is not merely a private contract, but a social institution of great public concern.
As social science research and government surveys increasingly show, the decline in marriage since the 1960s has been accompanied by a rise in a number of serious social problems.The Heritage Foundation has produced "The Positive Effects of Marriage: A Book of Charts" which documents the positive affects of marriage on men, women and children as well as the detrimental affects of broken marriages on individuals.
Marriage Has Traditionally Been Understood to be the Union of One Man and One Woman
Our Political Leaders Agree…
"Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman." – Former President George W. Bush
"Marriage is the union between one man and one woman." – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
"The word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as a husband and wife." – Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle
"I have long opposed governmental recognition of same-gender marriages." – Former President Bill Clinton
"Marriage between a man and a woman is vital to the stability and preservation of our society in which a father and a mother raise and nurture children." – Senator Rick Santorum
The Major World Religions Agree…
The Marriage Law Project at Catholic University has collected statements from leading religious groups about their view of marriage.
And Most Americans Agree that Marriage is a Union of One Man and One Woman.
During the Fall of 2004, citizens in 13 states overwhelmingly voted to amend their state constitutions to preserve marriage as between a man and a woman. The amendments passed by the following percentages:
MSNBC 11.3.04 a.m.
Question: "Marriage in the United States should exist only between one man and one woman."
77% Total Agree (NET)
69% Strongly Agree
8% Somewhat Agree
21% Total Disagree (NET)
7% Somewhat Disagree
14% Strongly Disagree
2% Neither (Volunteered)
1% Don’t Know/Depends/Unsure (Volunteered)
59 percent of Americans say same-sex marriages should be illegal.