Guide to Family Issues
has been prepared by United Families International as the mostcomprehensive resource available to provide concerned citizens and government officialswith factual scientific research and sound, logical arguments to support pro-family positionson controversial issues.Each topic of the Guide examines a major social issue that impacts the family. The
section provides insights into the most common misconceptions and misrepresenta-tions on each topic. The
Fast Facts and Commentary
section then provides a wealth of peer-reviewed social science data, research and thoughtful commentary to debunk these mythsand misrepresentations.The Guide has been designed to enable the average person to articulate pro-family positionson difficult topics and will be an indispensable tool in many situations;
Lobbying government officials on family issuesLegislative debatesSchool Board meetingsPreparing letters to the EditorClassroom debatesCommunity involvementEmploymentDiscussions with friends and neighbors.
Although United Families International promotes religious freedom and is supported by peo-ple from many faiths across the world, we do not use religious arguments to support our posi-tions. This can be counterproductive when working to influence public policy makers whotend to base decisions on facts. The overwhelming preponderance of social science data andresearch invariably support the pro-family side of every issue considered in this Guide.A Guide to Family Issues continues to be a work in progress as new studies and research areconstantly being released. Updates on each issue can be found on our website as new data becomes available.United Families International hopes that this Guide to Family Issues provides motivationand encouragement and will aid responsible citizens and officers of government in the never-ending battle to preserve and protect the family as the fundamental unit of society.Marcia BarlowManaging Editor