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The Witherspoon Institute Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles Princeton, New Jersey June 2006 W Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles The Witherspoon Institute is grateful to the John Templeton Foundation and the Social Trends Institute for the financial assistance that has made this research possible. The opinions expressed in this report are those of the signatories and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation or the Social Trends Institute.
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    The Witherspoon Institute Marriage and the Public Good:Ten Principles   Princeton, New Jersey June 2006  W   Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles   The Witherspoon Institute is grateful to the John Templeton Foundation and the SocialTrends Institute for the financial assistance that has made this research possible.The opinions expressed in this report are those of the signatories and do not necessarilyreflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation or the Social Trends Institute.Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principleswww.princetonprinciples.org© The Witherspoon Institute 2006This book is the sole property of The Witherspoon Institute. It may not be altered or editedin any way. It may be reproduced for circulation only in its entirety, without charge. Allreproductions of this book must contain the copyright notice (i.e., Copyright © TheWitherspoon Institute, 2006 ) and this Copyright/Reproduction Limitations notice. Pleasenotify the Witherspoon Institute of any intentions to circulate or reproduce this book.This book may not be used without the permission of The Witherspoon Institute for resaleor the enhancement of any other product sold.The Witherspoon Institute20 Nassau Street, Suite 242Princeton, NJ 08542 USAwww.winst.org 2    Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles   W   CONTENTS   Executive Summary 5I. The Challenge to Marriage and Family Today 7II. Ten Principles of Marriage and Family in Society 11III. Evidence from the Social and Biological Sciences 15IV. Analysis from Political and Moral Philosophy:The Intrinsic Goods of Marriage 29V. American Exceptionalism & the Way Forward 33Signatories 37Notes 43 Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles is the result of scholarly discussions thatbegan in December, 2004 at a meeting in Princeton, New Jersey, sponsored by theWitherspoon Institute. This conference brought together scholars from History, Economics,Psychiatry, Law, Sociology and Philosophy to share with each other the findings of theirresearch on why marriage, understood as the permanent union of husband and wife, is in thepublic interest. A consensus developed for sharing the fruit of their collaboration morewidely.The Witherspoon Institute is an independent research center located in Princeton,New Jersey. It is not connected to Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary,The Center for Theological Inquiry, or the Institute for Advanced Study.For more information, contact the drafting committee of the Principles, at principles@winst.org . 3  W   Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles   4
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