This past Monday, the Wheatley Institution at BYU, an entity that is purposed “to enhance the academic climate and scholarly reputation of BYU, and to enrich faculty and student experiences, by contributing recognized scholarship that lifts society by preserving and strengthening its core institutions,” held a half-day conference on the family, titled “Family is Crucial: Views From Law and Social Science.”

Speakers included Ryan Anderson and Sherif Girgis, coauthors with Princeton’s Robert P. George of the acclaimed book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (Encounter Books, December 2012); Mark Regnerus, author of the politically controversial New Family Structure Study (NFSS) that included report of possible effects of same-sex parenting on child development; Jenet Erickson, former assistant professor in the School of Family Life at BYU and columnist on family issues for the Deseret News (one edition of which included a profile of North Star’s Voices of Hope Project); and Jason Carroll, a Fellow at the Wheatley Institution and Professor of Marriage and Family Studies in the School of Family Life at BYU.

While the conference focused on the value of marriage and family generally, it also addressed philosophical, legal, and scientific themes relevant to the same-sex marriage debate.


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    Sister Jenet Erickson’s comments on Voices of Hope can be found in the linked video at 1:31:30, for those who want to skip to that part.