Marriage, recognized as the foundation of the family, has always been a privileged institution. Many benefits and incentives have been put in the laws to promote men and women marrying before having children and staying married for the good of children, the protection of mothers and the good of society.
These benefits became so attractive for other purposes, some have successful advocated eliminating marriage’s connection to children and family so they can partake in them.
Now that marriage has been redefined in law and in the minds of the majority as merely an adult centered institution, we must ask: “Do we need a civil institution that unites kids with their moms and dads?” That would restore marriage between a man and a woman to the law, even if by another name.
This is critical, because fewer men and women are marrying resulting in increased fatherlessness and more children living in poverty as a result. This crisis is touching almost every family. Do we need to restore a civil institution that promotes men and women marrying before having children, and specifically unites children with their moms and dads?
But there is a problem. Today it’s become accepted for people to conceive children through donor conception and surrogacy with the intention of depriving of their mom, dad or both. This is a gross violation of their human rights.
As long as intentionally depriving children is accepted, how will we gain support for an institution that specifically unites children with their moms and dads?