It was the Roman statesman and orator Cicero who said some 2000 years ago: “Marriage is the first bond of society.” More recent voices have said similar things. Arnold Toynbee for example said this: “Nations rise and fall with the health of its families.” And anthropologist Margaret Mead put it this way: “As families go, so goes the nation.”
All this is just the stuff of common sense. Indeed, up until recently, most folks understood the truth of the words found in my title. They knew that what produces the best outcomes for children, for families, and for society are strong, marriage-based families.
And the research on this is extensive and overwhelming. No wonder the other side is so intent on destroying marriage and family. Destroy these vital social institutions and you can easily destroy a culture. That has now been going on for at least a century. And the results have been devastating.