From the intro to the debate:
Ever since Vice President Dan Quayle’s 1992 Murphy Brown speech, family and “family values” have had a prominent role in Republican campaigning. This election year it was a theme forRick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney also often refer to family values — elevating the ideal of heterosexual, monogamous, married couples who have children in a nuclear family.
But this model is not the reality for a growing number of Americans. Has the Republican ideal of family become outdated, or is it still a worthy goal for public policy?