Jews and Christians alike understand that God is the author of marriage. This truth is reflected both in Scripture (divine positive law) and in the fabric of creation itself (natural law). As Catholic Christians, we further view marriage as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. Marriage has always been a basic building block of human society. We see this in the Bible and in our society today, although there are many novelties which threaten this foundational relationship. We will often speak of marriage and the family as the “little church,” but it is also the basic cell for Western civilization. Marriage has both a social purpose as well as the higher moral and religious significance.