Reaffirm and Strengthen Marriage, Don't Re-Define It

More Than 50 Distinguished Scholars Issue Landmark Principles on the

Importance of Marriage and the Public Good

Jun 07, 2006, 01:00 ET from Witherspoon Institute

    PRINCETON, N.J., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriage as the union of a man
 and a woman is profoundly in the public interest and should be reaffirmed,
 not redefined, says a landmark scholarly document published today.
     Signed by more than fifty distinguished scholars nationwide, Marriage
 and the Public Good: Ten Principles published by the Witherspoon Institute
 of Princeton, NJ, makes a deeply intellectual case for marriage as the
 foundational institution of society. Although respecting the role of
 religion in most marriages, the scholars make the case for traditional
 marriage on the basis of sociological evidence of its social value.
     The document signatories include James Q. Wilson of Pepperdine
 University, Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
 Robert P. George of Princeton University, Amy Wax of the University of
 Pennsylvania School of Law, Hadley Arkes of Amherst College, Mary Ann
 Glendon of Harvard Law School, Leon R. Kass and Jean Bethke Elshtain of the
 University of Chicago, Jeremy Rabkin of Cornell University, and Daniel N.
 Robinson of Oxford University.
     "These principles are the result of scholarly discussions that began
 with a meeting at the Witherspoon Institute in 2004," said James Stoner,
 chair of the drafting committee, and Professor of Political Science at
 Louisiana State University. "These discussions brought together leading
 scholars from history, economics, political science, law, psychology,
 sociology and philosophy. Marriage and the Public Good represents the
 consensus of these scholars on the indispensable importance of marriage."
     Stoner noted that Professor Robert George Monday presented a copy of
 Marriage and the Public Good to President Bush during a meeting at the
 White House. President Bush remarked on the importance of having
 distinguished scholars widely respected in their disciplines speaking out
 strongly in defense of marriage. The document already is making its mark
 felt, as Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas cited the principles during the
 Senate debate on the Marriage Protection Amendment.
     Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles can be read in its
 entirety on the Internet at The
 Witherspoon Institute is an educational organization that works to enhance
 public understanding of the political and moral principles inherent in free
 and democratic societies. Witherspoon sponsors a variety of scholarly
 activities, including research, publications, conferences, internships,
 lectures and colloquia. For more information about the Witherspoon
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