Traditional marriage has impact beyond faith

Defending traditional marriage doesn't need to begin or end with a discussion of faith in order to make a point about its deep social impacts, a leading scholar said Thursday at BYU.

"Our support for the renewal of marriage is not predicated on some … religious worldview," said W. Bradford Wilcox, associate professor of sociology and Director of the National Marriage Project, at the University of Virginia. "Rather, it's based on a reasonable understanding of the human condition that is accessible to all men and women of good will."

Wilcox was one of four scholars who spoke during the "Defense of the Family: Natural Law Perspectives" conference sponsored by the Wheatley Institution at BYU. Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence from Princeton also spoke, as did Catherine R. Pakaluk from Ave Maria University and BYU history professor Paul Kerry. (Summary of talks on A13.)

Wilcox, in his lecture "Why Marriage Matters," explained that this understanding of the human condition comes from data that show children from broken, fatherless and even cohabiting homes are more two to three times more likely to experience "serious negative outcomes" than children in normal, married, two-parent families.

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