Why Marriage is in the Public Interest

Princeton, New Jersey | December 16-18, 2004

On modern meaning of marriage, divorce, the decay of marriage in the Western world in recent years, children and the family, the legal changes marriage has precipitated (or been affected by), the question of same-sex marriage, and the movement for civil unions.

Professor Robert P. George led STI’s second Family branch Experts Meeting at Princeton University. The event, which was organized by the Witherspoon Institute and sponsored by STI, was hosted by the James Madison Program in American Ideals.

The meeting covered a wide range of issues affecting the institution of marriage as it stands today. Some of these issues included the modern meaning of marriage, divorce, the decay of marriage in the Western world in recent years, children and the family, the legal changes marriage has precipitated (or been affected by), the question of same-sex marriage, and the movement for civil unions.

The papers presented were published in the volume The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market and Morals.  

Additionally, ten basic principles that came out of the meeting were highlighted in a publication that is available in English (Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles), in Spanish (Matrimonio y bien común: los diez principios de Princeton) and in German (Ehe und Gemeinwohl. Zehn Leitlinien).