In 2015 a submission was made to US Supreme Court on behalf of 100 scholars of marriage and family (called the Amici Curiae or ‘friends of the court’) arguing the following basic points:
1. The man-woman understanding of marriage confers enormous benefits on society especially to children.
2. Removing the man-woman definition creates enormous risks to society, especially to children
3. These conclusions are supported by ample social science and empirical evidence.
1. In virtually all societies traditional (male/female) marriage is the preferred arrangement or vehicle for procreation.
2. This message helps achieve its principal purpose: increasing the likelihood that any children born from sex between men and women will have a know mother and father with responsibility for caring for them.
3. This message consistent across disciplines and even across religions. Even famed atheist Bertrand Russell states ‘but for children, there would be no need of any institution concerned with sex’.
4. This message helps preserve the ‘norms’ of marriage: biological bonding, man/woman, exclusive, lifelong
5. Ample social science evidence confirms that compared with children in any other arrangement, children raised by marriage biological parents are less likely to commit crimes, experience teen pregnancy, have multiple abortions, abuse substances, suffer mental illness, do poorly at school and more likely to support themselves and their own children.
Conclusion from Amici Curiae
‘Taken together, these points constitute what we call the ‘institutional defence’ of man-woman marriage laws. That defence does not depend on particular views about sexual morality, theology or natural law….Amici, who are scholars of marriage and family from various disciplines-including sociology, psychology, economics, history, philosophy, literature, political science, paediatrics and family law-hold various views on those matters. But we are united in our conviction that forcing a state to redefine marriage in genderless terms will seriously disservice the vast majority of the state’s children and, hence, its future
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