Professor Robert P. George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, visited Sydney recently as keynote speaker at the John Paul II Leaders Forum. Praised by US Supreme Court Justice and former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan as “one of the nation’s most respected legal theorists”, he is the celebrated author of fourteen books and numerous articles. Pointing out that in Australia the institution of the family had been undermined for decades by a series of legislative and government decisions, I suggested that the proposal for same sex marriage should not be seen in isolation. I asked if there had been a similar undermining of the institution of marriage — over many years — in the United States. This was his answer.