When the government (Granny Government or Nanny State) decides it knows what is best, the results can be most frightening.
Take, for example, China's long-time one child policy and the results it has wrought. Widespread use of abortion for gender selection, an abundance of males and a shortage of females, resulting in all kinds of social pathologies. Not to mention children who never see the light of day or feel a mother's touch.
Excellent column today in the Wall Street Journal captures this. Amazing data and analysis of the Government Knows Best mentality when it comes to marriage, children, and the basics of life.
Meanwhile, in America, we are in the process of inventing a new category of "marriage" for gays and encouraging folks to manufacture children based on whims and fads. I.e., we are now creating a generation who longs for dads but knows them not (via drive-by sperm donors) and who have never experienced the nurture and love of the two parents who created them out of love and raise them with the same.