In response to a provocative Newsweek column called “Yes to Love, No to Marriage,” Dr. Al Mohler has made some important and profound statements about the public purpose of marriage. Below is an excerpt, but you can read or listen to his full radio address here. It’s worth examining since there is much talk out there, mostly from activists who want to re-define marriage, that it should somehow be a private contract that’s none of the government’s business.
Marriage is not primarily about what we as individuals think we want or need. It is about a central public commitment that the society needs, that couples need, that children need, and yes, that the spouses need. Marriage is a public institution, not merely a private commitment. It identifies the couple as a pair committed to lifelong marriage and thus to be respected in this commitment. The fact that our society has weakened marriage offers only further incentive to get it right and to strengthen this vital institution.
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