Supporters of gay marriage have reached a major goal, with two cases -- California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act -- before the U.S. Supreme Court. That platform and recent wins on the state level have provided new momentum for their cause.
But as the New York Times recently acknowledged, a new generation is emerging to defend traditional marriage.
Ryan Anderson, a fellow at the influential Heritage Foundation and author of the book What Is Marriage?, argues that redefining marriage makes the institution more about adult desires than children's needs.
"Marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces," Anderson wrote in a March 20 Heritage Foundation article.
"Marriage is based on the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman and on the social reality that children need a mother and a father," he continued.
"And as ample social science has shown, children tend to do best when reared by their mother and father," he concluded.
Is the battle for traditional marriage lost? Heritage Foundation fellow Ryan Anderson will address that question and more on "The 700 Club," May 3.