Dear Friends,

There are undoubtedly a dizzying array of “top priorities” that are and will be pushed on the incoming presidential administration from all sides. But there is one priority that our culture is losing and that the new administration must make central to its agenda: marriage. FRC has repeatedly made this clear over the last three decades, but it must continually be emphasized: marriage is not merely the means by which we are raised in a materially stable environment, it is the seedbed of virtue and spiritual growth.

As Alysse ElHage writes, both candidates in the presidential race did little to address how they would promote the foundational building block of society. “[W]e’ve heard far too little ... about the central role that family structure—and in particular marriage—plays in boosting the social and economic well-being of Americans.” Study after study shows that children raised by a married mother and father are less likely to grow up in poverty, more likely to succeed academically, less likely to experience abuse of any kind, less likely to engage in sexual activity as a minor, more likely to have a higher than average income as an adult, and more likely to marry and raise their own children within marriage.

The author points out numerous pro-marriage policy initiatives that the incoming administration would do well to prioritize, including eliminating marriage penalties, increasing vocational training opportunities for those not pursuing college degrees, expanding the child tax credit, reforming divorce laws so that there are at least moderate waiting periods for couples intending to divorce, and educational campaigns for young people that promote a healthy outlook for school, work, marriage, and parenthood.

While it is important to promote marriage for its social and economic benefits, the central importance of marriage is not because of its potential for material gain, but for spiritual flourishing. Marriage has a mysterious way of forming the souls of human beings for the better, of compelling us toward virtue. Being united in a sacramental bond with another person for life is by nature a self-sacrificial act, one that opens us to new epiphanies of what real patience, understanding, and love truly are. That is why God gave marriage to the human race, so that we might have a more human way of becoming more like Him.

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.

Sincerely,

Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council

 

FRC Articles

What a Trump Court Would Mean for Abortion – Cathy Ruse

Buzzfeed to Christians: No Freedom for You! – Travis Weber

Marine Corps: Spiritual Fitness Is a Necessary Component of Effective Military Service – Travis Weber

Assisted Suicide: Senseless Death in the Name of “Compassion”Dan Hart

Corporations Can Push Back Against Anti-Religious Freedom ActivistsTravis Weber

 

Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty in the Public Square

Server Company Pulls The Plug On Conservative Website In The Name Of ‘Diversity’ – Dustin Siggins, The Federalist

Town Renames "Good Friday" for the sake of "Cultural Sensitivity" – ToddStarnes.com

Checking the Court: What Can Be Done to Rein in the Supreme Court?Tim Bradley, Public Discourse

This Is Why Trump WonKatrina Trinko, The Daily Signal

The Politics of Hate CrimesBill Donohue, The Catholic League

International Religious Freedom

Pakistan Bans All 11 Christian TV Stations, Arrests Cable Operators in CrackdownAnugrah Kumar, The Christian Post

Ireland Moves to Regulate Crisis Pregnancy Center Counselors – Austin Roscoe, The Stream

Indonesia: Over 10,000 Rally to Support Jakarta's Christian Gov. Accused of Blasphemy – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

Military Religious Freedom

Army Says Band Can’t Perform in Religious Christmas ShowTodd Starnes, The Stream

 

Life

Abortion

CDC reports abortion rate at all-time low – Samantha Gobba, World Magazine

UN’s New York Declaration pushes abortion for refugee, migrant womenJosh Denton, Live Action News

This State Now Requires Abortion Clinics to Bury Aborted Babies Instead of Selling Their PartsMicaiah Bilger, LifeNews

Double Standards on Abortion and Animal Rights – Ligia De Jesus Castaldi, Public Discourse

Black Lives Matter? 35% of Aborted Babies are Black Even Though Blacks are 13% of the Population – Steven Ertelt and Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews 

Abortionist flees the room in horror after seeing a second trimester abortion procedure – Sarah Terzo, Live Action News

Adoption

From Foster Care to Olympic Gold: Simone Biles' JourneyJade Scipioni, Fox Business

Is Adoption on the Cusp of a Political Boost? – Ashley McGuire, Family Studies

Bioethics

Hollywood’s Outrageous Embrace of EuthanasiaTimothy Willard, Acculturated

Rick Warren, Father Robert Barron Decry California's Assisted Suicide Law, Culture of Death – Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post

Bioethicists Want To Purge Christian DoctorsWilliam Briggs, The Stream

Professor Warns IVF is Producing a Generation of Infertile Children Prone to Cancer – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews

Euthanasia spirals out of control as Netherlands allows euthanasia for alcoholics – Cassy Fiano, Live Action News

Obamacare

Obamacare Takes Care From Disabled People To Subsidize Able-Bodied, Working-Age MenChristopher Jacobs, The Federalist

Electing to ‘Opt Out’ of ObamacareAna Ibarra, The Daily Signal

Republicans Begin to Unite Around Obamacare Repeal PlanMelissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

 

Family

Economics

An Unrecovered Economy and the Growth We Need – Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream

American Marriage in the Time of the Recession – Alexia Fernandez Campbell, The Atlantic

Marriage

Mr. President: A Healthy Marriage Culture is Vital to America’s SuccessAlysse ElHage, Family Studies

Go Ahead, Congratulate the Newly Engaged! – Melissa Langsam Braunstein, Family Studies

Do women really have it better in Sweden? – Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail

Religious Service Attendance, Marriage, and Health – Tyler VanderWeele, Family Studies

Faith/Character/Culture

Why Kids Need RecessAlia Wong, The Atlantic

Remembering Castro’s CrimesWilliam Doino Jr., First Things

Our sons are losing the essence of true manhood: the handshakeCerith Gardiner, Aleteia

Technology and The Language of Bodily PresenceMary Stanford, Principles

Human Sexuality

CDC Study Says Teen Virgins Are Healthier – Glenn T. Stanton, The Federalist

Tinder Now Offers 37 Genders Claiming ‘Gender Is a Complex Conversation’Elizabeth Harrington, The Washington Free Beacon

Pornography

This Simple Action Is How One Person Got Cosmo Magazine Out Of Their Wal-Mart Checkout Aisle – National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Debunking The Popular Myth That Porn Can Be Healthy – Fight the New Drug

Jessica searched for help for her porn addiction. What she found disturbed her. – Jonathon Van Muren, LifeSiteNews