Children are a large piece of the puzzle in the debate over marriage and its expansion in the United States. What is best for children? The law requires for any decision about children to focus on their best interests (and you can read more about that at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1957143. The question many are asking seems to be how do parents affect children.
Should we rethink Mom and Dad? I've written an article on that subject entitled just that, "Rethinking Mom and Dad," available for free download at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2462112. Dr. Mark Regnerus at U. Texas recently wrote an article called Is Same-sex Parenting Better for Kids? which is posted at http://blog.speakupmovement.org/church/churches-and-politics/is-same-sex-parenting-better-for-kids/. These are important questions for our time, particularly for a culture struggling with family strength.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is sponsoring an important conference on ministry in a post-marriage culture.
Find out more about that conference at the ERLC National Conference: "The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage." Designed to equip Christians to apply the gospel on these issues with convictional kindness in their communities, their families and their churches, this event will be held at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN on October 27-29, 2014. Events like these go a long way in restoring families.