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March 02, 2004

American Anthropological Association on Marriage and the Family

In addition to supporting same-sex partnerships, this statement by the American Anthropological Association also supports single and divorced mothers raising children. The AAA effectively countered "fatherlessness" pablum promoted by neo-conservative "family values" ideologists. [Via Alas, a Blog.]

Statement on Marriage and the Family from the American Anthropological Association

Arlington, Virginia; The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association, the world's largest organization of anthropologists, the people who study culture, releases the following statement in response to President Bush's call for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as a threat to civilization.

"The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households, kinship relationships, and families, across cultures and through time, provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies.

The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association strongly opposes a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples."

Posted on March 2, 2004 at 08:18 AM | Permalink


Bravo! I'll be stealing this.

Posted by: Lauren at Mar 2, 2004 1:03:12 PM

Steal away. Hey, I think we're commenting on each other's blogs at the same time. I just came from your comments section. LOL

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Mar 2, 2004 4:24:44 PM