Our middle toe is not unlike many of the things we have taken for granted or assumed in life. We live in a world that is challenging many of those beliefs and values. The importance of an intact, "traditional" family is one of them. This includes the importance of marriage and the definition of marriage. In the political realm it includes the idea of American exceptionalism, of limited government and of individual rights endowed by a soverign Creator (i.e. God). Now, I am all for questioning the world around us just as I am for considering the reality, function, limitation, evolution and feminist perspective of my middle toe. BUT I am very pensive and hesitant to lop off my middle toe -a convention that has been around for a very long time- in the name of 'change'. My point is, certain conditions and values have been extremely positive in the long march of human history and research (as well as common sense) continues to show their essential contribution.
The vitality of a functional family unit -the ideal of which is a man and a wife bound by a socially and spirituall recognized committment- is essential to the continuity of the human race and to civil society. Don't agree? The evidence is overwhelming. Subscribe to whichever source of truth you will, this evidence comes from science, from common sense, from God, from history. Here is a document establishing the necessity of marriage and the family from a scientific perspective (click here to read entire report):