Please join us for a Capitol Hill Symposium, cosponsored by The Family in America and the Family Research Council, a panel discussion of the topic: "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Family Policy Legacy of the Sixties".
The years 1964-1965 witnessed the onset of a moral revolution. In quick and stunning sequence, the family in America came under fresh assault from: the new feminists; the advocates of population control; sexual radicals; the "counter-culture"; and the "New Left." With far too few exceptions, those responsible for protecting ordered liberty and morality-clerics, judges, college and university administrators, publishers, legislators-were either absent-without-leave or joined in the debauch.
Before the decade was over, America had seen a total moral and legal overhaul, the consequences of which we are still reaping today. But exactly how did the social and moral revolutions of that decade reshape law and public policy? To what degree are contemporary American family pathologies-the decay of marriage, tumbling fertility, "fatherless" children, the "hook-up" culture, easy divorce-the consequence of the 1960s? What lessons from the past might help us in the task of family reconstruction which lies ahead?
William C. Duncan is the director of the Marriage Law Foundation, established in 2004 with the mission of reaffirming the legal definition of marriage as the union of husband and wife. Prior to arriving at the Foundation, Mr. Duncan served as the acting director of the Marriage Law Project at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and as executive director of the Marriage and Family Law Research Grant at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, where he was also a visiting professor. His writing has appeared in Rutgers University Law Review, Stanford Review of Law and Politics, Ave Maria Law Review, and The Family in America, among others.
Ryan C. MacPherson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the history department at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. He is the author of Rediscovering the American Republic and The Culture of Life: Ten Essential Principles for Christian Bioethics, as well as numerous articles and essays. Dr. MacPherson was the Principal Author of a “Friend of the Court” Brief for Perry v. Schwarzenegger (renamed Perry v. Brown), in support of the Proposition 8/California Marriage Amendment, and also serves on the Circle of Experts for the Ruth Institute. He is founding president of The Hausvater Project and senior editor of The Family in America.
Anne Roback Morse is the media and research coordinator for the Population Research Institute. She is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in Political Economy with a concentration in the Economics of Human Rights. Miss Morse took a particular interest in demography while at UC Berkeley. She served on the executive board of UC Berkeley's pro-life group for all four years, and also interned for non-profits, Political Action Committees, political campaigns, and on Capitol Hill. She has authored many reports on demographic trends in her post at PRI, and will commence a doctoral program in demography this fall.