War on the family

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"War on the family" refers to either of two things:

The Fictional War

Proponents of the fictional "war on the family" claim that the "traditional family" (by which they apparently mean the nuclear family, a relatively recent invention) is being destroyed by efforts to broaden the idea of family – especially the institution of marriage – beyond the boundaries of the nuclear family (one man, one woman, and their children), starting with gay marriage.

However, no real evidence has been offered that these broadening efforts are having any kind of harmful effect, much less that they are harming heterosexual married couples in particular. Indeed, it seems clear that forcing homosexuals and other non-nuclear-oriented individuals to shoehorn their needs into the nuclear-family model would be (and has been, in the past) extremely destructive, in that the families they form tend to be emotionally unhealthy at best and have a strong tendency to fall apart as the non-nuclear-oriented individual finds her/himself eventually unable to cope with being stuck in a nuclear-style family.

also known as: war on marriage, the homosexual agenda

The Real War

Many actual families, and many more people who would like to start a family, are stuck in a state of legal difficulty or (at best) ambiguity due to a number of factors:

  • lack of legal and social support for family bonds that fall outside the "nuclear family" model:
    • (lack of) "next of kin" rights, including:
      • right of hospital visitation
      • effective "power of attorney" in the event one partner is incapacitated
      • sharing of work benefits
    • (lack of) shared guardianship of children
  • active attempts to prevent or restrict any legal support from ever being put in place (e.g. attempts to constitutionally "outlaw" gay marriage)

This situation greatly increases the hardships many families (with and without children) must face.