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January 11, 1902

STATE SUPERVISION OF MARRIAGE.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):82-84. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480020012001d
Abstract

No time need be occupied before this audience in demonstrating that marriage is the foundation and keystone of family and state integrity, or that it is the most fundamental institution of society. Nor that the family is the natural and historic basis of it, being the origin of order, law, morality, education and justice.

Neither need time be taken to show that indiscriminate union is associated with the gravest consequences, the influence of which, either directly or indirectly, is associated with the most gigantic evils, in fact with almost every offense against society and the state. It loosens the family ties, tends to immorality, and diminishes mutual and parental responsibility.

From data in the premises, exact knowledge, we are in a position now to assign to heredity its proper importance, and to coincidentally formulate some plan or procedure having for its object such practical supervision of the whole question as

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