William Fietzer, Examiner.com, 10/11/2012
The popularity of marriage has declined in the United States ever since the sexual revolution of the 1960s... But Jonathan Rauch, vice-president of the Independent Gay Forum, and David Blankenhorn, founder of the Institute for American Values, viewed this decline as "a moment of opportunity to reexamine the deepest meaning of marriage." As moderated by Krista Tippett of American Public Media's "On Being," at the Cowles Auditorium at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs Wednesday afternoon, this intellectual odd couple used the issue to reaffirm marriage as "the foundation of civilization." For Rauch, a world without marriage is a world "full of sex not of love." Moreover, he argued that marriage is the first line of defense against depression and other social and emotional ills because it 'creates kin," a sense of belonging in which the individual no longer feels isolated from society at large. For Blankenhorn, marriage provides the means of protecting children, strengthening human rights, and restoring the fabric of a civil society.