By nature, every child has a mother and a father. Marriage encourages unified parenting, providing a default establishment of legal paternity for any child born to the bride, and providing children with protection, nurturing, and provision from both a male and a female role model. Every child, barring incarceration or otherwise strict seclusion, will interact with both women and men throughout his life, and this being raised with the inclusive diversity of both a male and female role model is to his benefit.
While there are parents who die, abandon their children, or must have their parental rights restricted or terminated to protect children, in general, marriage encourages stability and cooperation in childrearing and otherwise codifies a child's natural right to her mother and father.
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