The family trend of our time is the deinstitutionalization of marriage and the steady disintegration of the mother-father child raising unit. This trend of family fragmentation is reflected primarily in the high rate of divorce among parents and the growing prevalence of parents who do not marry. No domestic trend is more threatening to the well-being of our children and to our long-term national security. —National Commission on America’s Urban Families, Families First 19 (1993).
What is a Family? (from Wikipedia):
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Who is next on the “marriage rights” list? Stretch meanings of words too far and they become meaningless.