What Conservative Activists Must Hear and Share About Marriage
The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson has debated, spoken, and written extensively on marriage. Anderson recently made remarks about marriage – and life and liberty – at a banquet for the Alliance Defending Freedom. One of his points was particularly important for conservative activists to hear:
I learned something from these experiences: that the argument for marriage hasn’t been heard and rejected; it simply hasn’t been heard.
The experiences he was referencing were all the times and places that he’s been in a position to tell others the truth about marriage – from briefing members of Congress and their staffs to addressing the country on national television.
Anderson has done an excellent job, but even a prolific writer and unrelenting debater like him cannot defend marriage alone. All conservatives should become well versed in the arguments supporting marriage. We have to be in this for the long haul. Defending truth and preserving it won’t happen overnight.
Heritage has voluminous amounts of literature explaining what marriage is and why it matters for our society. They have produced resources that are handy for everyone, such as their free E-Book on Why Marriage Matters.
It’s sad that our society has reached a point in which scholars like Anderson need to spend their time defending such an important, necessary, age-old institution — for which all cultures and civilizations across the decades have had a common definition:
marriage is based on the complementarily of man and woman, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the social reality that children need a mother and a father.
But here we are. This is a matter of no small importance and conservative activists can win the debate with the right arguments.