Congress should affirm the many studies that report the particular advantages of husband-wife marriage for all measures of social and economic success. Congress should reaffirm the factual foundation of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Over one thousand federal laws that refer to marriage were intended by Congress to apply only to the union of husband and wife.
Congress should conclude its resolution by formally resolving that the traditional family, founded on a married husband and wife, carries special dignity and deserves special recognition because it provides unique benefits to society. Of course, every human person has value and dignity. Congress should respond to Justice Kennedy with a ringing affirmation of the unique dignity that should be accorded to society’s foundational unit, the marriage of husband and wife.
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