A speech by Vice President Dan Quayle on May 19, 1992 which was entitled ‘On family values’, and which has come to be referred to as the’ Murphy Brown Speech‘ set up a heated national debate concerning single motherhood, the fathers’ role in marriage, the American family, marriage and traditional values. Some parts of the Vice President’s speech especially set off a debate. In particular, the idea that marriage is the best answer to poverty, stating that the poverty rate among married couples was 5.7% while that it was 33.4% in families that were headed by single mothers (Skolnick, 2006). More outrage was expressed by many about Dan Quayle’s comments in relation to Murphy Brown, the T.V shows character of the show by the same name who decides to have a child out of marriage. The Vice President stated that this decision was wrong because marriage is a moral issue that has cultural and social benefits and not an issue that should be only considered a lifestyle choice. It is crucial to return to Christian values upon which the United States was founded just as is aptly recited by children every morning that we are one Nation under God. It is important to replace our personal ambitions and pleasures in making decisions about important aspects like marriage with the guidance from a higher power, God, rather than from ourselves. Many religions, including Christianity and Islam, advocate for marriage.
The use of prime T.V to advance the notion that marriage is unimportant to its large audience and the portrayal by Murphy Brown who stands for today’s intelligent, highly paid and professional woman has an effect scornful to fatherhood and marriage. Though this is so, and in the midst of the tide against the institution of marriage by feminist and liberals, it is very imperative to address the issue and, though we