March 22, 2013
All Americans have the right to live as they choose, but no one has the right to redefine marriage for all of us.
Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in cases that challenge the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.
Marriage is the fundamental building block of all human civilization. That is why 41 states and the federal government agree that marriage is between a man and a woman.
In a recent video, Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint explained:
The institution existed long before government to provide children with mothers and fathers. Marriage strengthens civil society and limits government. As our marriage culture weakens, big government grows. Just look at how the welfare state got bigger and bigger as the unwed childbearing rate skyrocketed from single digits in the 1960’s to over 40% off all births today.
Heritage’s Ryan Anderson further explains how marriage strengthens civil society:
Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths. Marriage is society’s least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children. By encouraging the norms of marriage—monogamy, sexual exclusivity, and permanence—the state strengthens civil society and reduces its own role. The future of this country depends on the future of marriage. The future of marriage depends on citizens understanding what it is and why it matters and demanding that government policies support, not undermine, true marriage.
Heritage has produced a short pamphlet making the case for marriage in everyday language. It helps you articulate what your heart knows. And it walks you through the most frequently asked questions—the things you’re likely to hear from neighbors and friends. You can read and download the pamphlet online.
How are you joining the fight to protect marriage?