Europe was at war, but Lewis was at Oxford. Surely he recognizes the mundane contributions of faithful Christians in education, law, engineering, art, and a thousand other fields as legitimate whether or not life hangs in the balance. Likewise, couples are less likely to divorce when the wife concentrates on childrearing and the husband concentrates on breadwinning, as University of Virginia psychologist Mavis Hetherington admits.
I mean, if anybody can get married for any reason, then it loses its special place. In times such as these there is no time for dispute within the body. No, the comment tells us that Stearns finds marriage a trivial issue. They point out that we already have gay couples living together, some with children.
Evidence on parenting by same-sex couples is inadequate. None of those things are good for society.
This statement from Sara McLanahan, a sociologist at Princeton University, is representative: If we were asked to design a system for making sure that children's basic needs were met, we would probably come up with something quite similar to the two-parent ideal.
This is not exactly the kind of social scientific evidence you would want to launch a major family experiment. Yes, I think you can lay them at its feet. If same-sex civil marriage is institutionalized, our society would take yet another step down the road of de-gendering marriage.
Marriages thrive when spouses specialize in gender-typical roles. And again, those are consequences that they choose to ignore. Marriage is the beginning of family, the foundation of human society. Founded in by Charles Colson and more than religious leaders from the three historic Christian traditions, the Manhattan Declaration defines life, marriage, and religious liberty as foundational principles necessary for the common good.
Sociologist Steven Nock of the University of Virginia, who is agnostic on the issue of same-sex civil marriage, offered this review of the literature on gay parenting as an expert witness for a Canadian court considering legalization of same-sex civil marriage: Through this analysis I draw my conclusions that 1 all of the articles I reviewed contained at least one fatal flaw of design or execution; and 2 not a single one of those studies was conducted according to general accepted standards of scientific research.