The last 50 years has seen a great deal of experimentation with marriage: no-fault divorce, "open marriage," cohabitation, unwed childbearing and "co-parenting" agreements. These are just some of the attempts to redefine marriage from its natural and historical definition: marriage unites a husband and wife to each other and to any children they have.
Several states and Washington D.C. have dramatically changed marriage to include same-sex couples. This is an unprecedented move historically and across cultures. In addition, there are cases moving through the courts that would bring about same-sex marriage in other states. Beyond that, there are court cases asking that lay the groundwork for legalization of polygamy. And we are beginning to see the push for "group marriage" or for the elimination of government protections and involvement in marriage.
As Christians, we want to give thoughtful, reasonable responses to those calling for marriage redefinition. While the Bible reveals and the Church teaches that God designed marriage, how do we communicate in the public arena with those who don't believe Scripture? Where do we find good answers in this societal debate?
That's why we are pleased to promote this booklet: What You Need to Know about Marriage: Questions and Answers Driving the Debate. Along with our friends from The Heritage Foundation, The Family Research Council, National Organization for Marriage, and Alliance Defending Freedom, we are offering this booklet which gives solid answers to some of the questions being asked about marriage, such as:
- What is marriage?
- What are the consequences of marriage redefinition?
- Why shouldn't everyone be able to marry the one they love?
- Why does marriage matter to the government?
The answers in this booklet are based on social science research. We trust that you will make good use of it as you engage the culture on this vital issue.
To learn more about God’s design for marriage, check out our helpful series: Marriage: God’s Idea.