Marriage is about equality and diversity. It’s about joining the two equally important and diverse halves of humanity represented in men and women. And it’s about forming a lifelong bond—for the good of society and the foundation of the family.
The creative capacity of the union between a man and a woman links marriage to family. A man and a woman give themselves to one another, and from that, a child is conceived and born. This forms a family, and it’s where children first learn how to interact with others. Marriage and family, therefore, are the foundation of society. But when culture fails to respect and promote marriage, countless individuals, particularly women, children, and the underprivileged, suffer needless emotional and material hardships.
What foundation do you want to build the future on?
A culture interested in strengthening the future with a commitment to others.
- In this society, marriage is defined as the lifelong union between a man and a woman, placing the needs of others, especially children, first.
- Strong marriages produce strong families, which create a healthy, free, and stable society.
The Desires of the Individual:
A culture where individual desires trump what is best for society.
- In this society, marriage is defined as the emotional union of two or more consenting adults, and the well-being of children and the benefit to society are an afterthought.
- Disagreement with this view is seen as a threat—some rights, such as sexual rights, are considered more important than rights such as religious freedom.
Marriage benefits society in ways no other relationship does. That’s why government is involved and why Alliance Defending Freedom defends marriage policies that give children the opportunity to have a married mother and father. But this isn’t just about children. It’s about your future.