Historical Foundation of the Family


Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion in favor of gay marriage is an affront to God, the Constitution, and the American people. Only the union of husband and wife was recognized in the foundational texts of Western Civilization, including the Book of Genesis as well as the classical writers of ancient Greece and Rome. The union of husband and wife was singled out for special recognition in the words of Jesus, as recorded in the gospels of the New Testament.

Only the union of husband and wife is honored in our cultural heritage. It has been depicted in thousands of works of art and chronicled in thousands of works of literature that have inspired and ennobled our people over millennia. Only the union of husband and wife can provide the biological connection that attaches a child to its parents and subsequently to other members of the human family. The union of husband and wife is the only means of tracing history over generations. Only the union of husband and wife can provide a stable home, a self-supporting economic unit suitable for rearing and educating children. That is why Karl Marx called for “abolition of the family” in his Communist Manifesto of 1848. He saw that as a necessary step towards a revolutionary Communist society.

Americans must not be intimidated by the judicial supremacy of five unelected judges. Congress should formally recognize the dignity of opposite-sex married couples and resolve to protect that dignity in our laws. A joint resolution should recite the many reasons why the special union of husband and wife has been honored for “millennia.” However, the battle rages on over the issue of traditional marriage, and conservatives around the country are called upon to defend this beloved American institution.

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Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.

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