Judging Marriage: An Experiment in Morals and Conduct (Special Issue: The Nature of Marriage and Its Various Aspects) - Ave Maria Law Review

Title: Judging Marriage: An Experiment in Morals and Conduct (Special Issue: The Nature of Marriage and Its Various Aspects)

Author: Ave Maria Law Review

Date: 2006-06-22

Judging Marriage: An Experiment in Morals and Conduct (Special Issue: The Nature of Marriage and Its Various Aspects) - Ave Maria Law Review

INTRODUCTION: A LITTLE HISTORY On April 23, 2004, I spoke at the Ave Maria Law Review's annual banquet. For three years before that event, my administrative duties as Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court required that I study child-centered policy issues, including foster care, adoption, and child-support enforcement. While pursuing this study, I was shocked by what I learned about the decline of marriage and the resulting harm to children. I concluded that those two closely connected pathologies reside at the core of our society's most critical social and fiscal problems. So when I spoke to the banquet guests, I said: