Anderson to Hoosier Lawmakers: Marriage Encourages Responsible Fatherhood


Earlier this week, NOM's good friend Ryan T. Anderson - William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and co-author of What is Marriage? - testified before the House Judiciary Committee in Indiana on the public good of marriage and the nature of the state's interest in regulating the institution.

Anderson TestimonyYou can read Anderson's entire testimony here at the Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse, for which Anderson serves as Editor.

A highlight from his testimony was the focus on the role of fathers in society - a role which Anderson referenced President Obama himself as emphasizing - and the detriment to this role that occurs when marriage is redefined:

Whenever a child is born, a mother will always be close by. That’s a fact of biology. The question for culture and the question for law is whether a father will be close by. And if so, for how long? Marriage is the institution that different cultures and societies across time and place developed to maximize the likelihood that that man would commit to that woman and then the two of them would take responsibility to raise that child.


If one of the biggest social problems we face right now in the United States is absentee dads, how will we insist that fathers are essential when the law redefines marriage to make fathers optional?

Kudos to Ryan for emphasizing this often unrecognized (and yet so desperately necessary) point! Be sure to read his entire testimony, or check out the video of the hearing.

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