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Family and Marriage

Protecting the Institution of Marriage

The Next Generation Stands for Marriage

While the media claims that millennials who support marriage don’t exist, many—including Ryan Anderson and Andrew Walker—uphold the truth about what marriage is. Read More.

Free E-Book on Why Marriage Matters

Get answers to 17 frequently asked questions on marriage, answered by Heritage experts—and share it with your friends. Read More.

The Constitutionality of Traditional Marriage

In United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of government policies that reflect traditional marriage Read More.

In Defense of Traditional Marriage

Americans respect marriage, not only as a crucial institution of civil society but the fundamental building block of all human civilization. Read More.

Consequences of Redefining Marriage

The Supreme Court is considering challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union of a man and woman. Read More.

The institution of marriage connects men and women to one another and to their children. Marriage recognizes what social science confirms: that children fare best when raised by their mother and father. Despite activist judges’ opinions, the majority of Americans continue to affirm the reasonable conclusion that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.


Experts on Protecting the Institution of Marriage

  • Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. img Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

    William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy

  • Jennifer A. Marshall img Jennifer A. Marshall

    Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, and the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow