Family Research Council believes, and social science has now clearly demonstrated, that children do best when raised by their own biological mother and father who are committed to one another in a lifelong marriage. Indeed, the data demonstrate that adults also thrive in this same family structure. Other forms of the family arise from rejection or ambivalence between the parents, before or after marriage. This may include ambivalence about marriage (cohabitation), or the rejection by one of the parents of the other, as is the case in divorce, remarried step families (where there is almost always a history of rejection for at least one of the spouses), single parenthood, or step-cohabiting parenthood.
FRC strongly supports adoption, particularly as an alternative to abortion, single parenthood, or foster care. The purpose of adoption is not to provide children for adults who want them, but to provide for children families that give them the experience of intact married family life as much as possible. Adoption policy should therefore include a primary preference for placing children with a married mother and father as long as such are available.
- Complementarity in Marriage: What it is and Why it Matters by Rob Schwarzwalder
- What You Need to Know about Marriage-Questions and Answers Driving the Debate by Family Research Council
- The Supreme Court's First Assault on Marriage by Pat Fagan
- Why Marriage Should be Privleged in Public Policy by Bridget Maher
- Basic Facts About The Defense of Marriage Act by Christopher Gacek
- The Defense of Marriage Act: What It Does and Why It Is Vital for Traditional Marriage in America by Christopher Gacek
- DOMA 101: An Introduction to Same-Sex "Marriage," the Defense of Marriage Act, and the Full Faith and Credit Clause by Christopher Gacek
- The Jewish Roots of Family Values by Don Feder
- Testimony of Peter Sprigg before the Maryland General Assembly on Marriage
- Marriage: It's Not Just for Your Grandparents by James Sunday
- HOW U.N. Conventions on Women's and Children's Rights Undermine Family, Religion, And Sovereignty by Patrick F. Fagan, William L. Saunders, and Michael A. Fragoso
- Spanish Edition of Q&A on Homosexual Marriage
- The battle has just begun by Timothy J. Dailey, Ph.D.
- The Future of Marriage by David Blankenhorn, M.A. [Audio/Video lecture]
- The Slippery Slope of Same-Sex "Marriage" by Timothy J. Dailey, Ph.D. [Brochure]
- Deterring Divorce by Bridget E. Maher, M.A. [Brochure]
- Family Portrait by Bridget E. Maher, M.A.
- Amicus Brief: Lewis v. Harris
- Amicus Brief: Fausey v. Hiller
- Amicus Brief: Janice M. v. Margaret K.