When it comes to the debate over marriage and family in the United States today, much of the focus is on how each spouse could either benefit or suffer from the institution of marriage.
In this op-ed from the Boston Herald, the author illustrates how marriage functions for the benefit of society as a whole by serving as the foundation of the family. Stable families provide ideal conditions in which children can grow up. Data has shown that generally the most stable families are grounded in a healthy relationship between the mother and the father, who are married to each other. The author discusses how separating the institution of marriage from the process of bearing and raising children ignores a whole dimension of marriage, with negative consequences. This illogical departure from reality significantly affects the children themselves, and leads to a general decline of the welfare of society.