In her response, Professor Judith Stacey compared positive and negative factors in a variety of possible relationship variations, and expressed her belief that we don't need marriage any more.
Her answer shows a woeful ignorance of the need children have for a mother and a father, and the power a good marriage can have. Of course, great people come from families of all kinds. But when we consider government policies that shape the culture, we should promote family policies that give children the best chance of becoming happy, successful, contributing adults.
Highest priority should be given to preparing the next generation with the values, knowledge, attitudes, habits, and skills they will need to preserve liberty, peace, and prosperity in America. No organization or institution can do this more effectively than a loving mother and father in a committed family relationship.
People are not perfect. Marriage partners are not perfect. And yet imperfect parents all over America love and sacrifice for their children in ways that others would never consider.
But parents today face unusual challenges. We live in a culture that devalues parenting and disconnects kids from their family heritage. In previous generations, parents taught their children how to be good parents by precept and example. Children learned from grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. When parents fell short, other loving family members filled in the gaps. And children were taught the values, habits, and skills needed to be good parents at home, in church, at school, and in a family-friendly culture.
Now, few children are taught the value of marriage and parenting before they leave home. Much of what they learn comes from TV shows and movies that ridicule family values. In public schools, kids across the country are taught, sometimes as early as kindergarten, that marriage between a man and a woman does not matter.
And then, impressionable teenagers are sent off to college where persuasive professors teach them that marriage and family, the very cradle of civilization, is an out-dated relic of the past.
Kids don't realize that progressive policies and values significantly weakened marriages and families in the first place. And, if continued, these policies and values will lead to the destruction of the family as we know it. If you think government is intrusive now, just wait until society tries to figure out how to clean up and control the resulting crises.