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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Are efforts to increase the number of 'traditional families' in America outdated?

Are efforts to increase the number of 'traditional families' in America outdated?

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 Has the Republican ideal of family become outdated, or is it still a worthy goal for public policy?

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