In his comments three days ago, Philip asserts “there are as many screwed-up kids coming out of heterosexual relationships as those from homosexual relationships.”
That view is not supported by the data available.
A plethora of studies shows that fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, emotional problems, teen pregnancy, and criminality. They are more likely to engage in early sexual activity and experience conduct and mood disorders. Boys who grow up in father-absent homes are more likely that those in father-present homes to have trouble establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity. Seventy-two percent of adolescent murderers grew up without fathers. Up to eighty percent of America’s rapists grew up the same way.
That doesn’t mean that all kids lacking a father or a mother are doomed to failure. My mother did a tremendous job raising us three boys after Dad died. But it was hard—much harder than we realized at the time. The Bible recognized this early on, where the ancient Hebrews were exhorted time and again to “care for the aliens, the widows, and the fatherless.”
The government itself has a considerable incentive to protect traditional marriage because marriage offers a valuable resource to the state: stable homes for nurturing the next generation. There are mountains of evidence that find children do best with both a mom and a dad in the home.
The one man-one woman marriage alone offers a child one of the only claims he or she has at birth — the right to both the mother and father who made him or her. This perspective is a belief rooted in our faith and informed by an avalanche of social science.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk more about the pros and cons of same-sex marriage. I’ve had a tremendous response to this subject. Tune in and share your experience and knowledge.