Family Research Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2013
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Family Research Council Releases Policy Analysis on Merits of Natural Marriage


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) has released a policy analysis report by Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president for FRC, entitled, "Complementarity in Marriage: What it is and Why it Matters."  In response to the American Psychological Association's (APA) 2011 statement that one can recognize his or her transgenderism "at any age," this report outlines findings that support the discrete equality of men and women as well as the cultural merits of natural marriage.

Highlights include:

  • The unchanging nature of marriages: Regardless of attempts (and even successes) to redefine it in law, the nature of the institution remains unchanged.
  • Marriage is essential to procreation: Complementarity seems self-evidently biological; explanations of such things as heterosexual intercourse, conception, or birth only serve to vindicate and illustrate it.
  • Marriage as a complementary union of genders: Men and women are different in form, appearance, neurologically and emotionally and maintain unique brain characteristics throughout life. 
  • Marriage benefits children: Little ones need a female mother and a male father to obtain the full dimensionality of what it means to be human. They benefit from, and are profoundly shaped by, experiencing the full range of differences between a woman and a man as their parents.

Schwarzwalder writes:

"Consensual homosexual unions might cause no apparent distress to persons proximate to them, but they distort and diminish our shared, public understanding of marriage. Without that true understanding, our civilization will erode ever more quickly. It is a logical deduction to conclude that if affection and consent are the only criteria for a marital relationship, then any kind of consensual union should be permissible including polygamy, polyamory, polyandry, and other types of marital relationships.

To read "Complementarity in Marriage: What it is and Why it Matters," click here: http://www.frc.org/issueanalysis/complementarity-in-marriage-what-it-is-and-why-it-matters

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