DAVID BLANKENHORN is the founder and president of the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to study and strengthen civil society. He is the author of Fatherless America (1995), The Future of Marriage (2007), Thrift: A Cyclopedia (2008), and New York’s Promise (2013). He is also the co-editor of nine books, the most recent of which is American Thrift: A Reader (2013).
A 2007 profile in USA Today describes him as making “a career of thinking about big issues” and describes the Institute for American Values as “a catalyst for analysis and debate among those with differing views.” A 2012 profile in the Deseret News says: “A soft-hearted liberal raised in Mississippi and educated at Harvard, he started his career as a civil rights organizer and has since carved out a unique career cutting across ideological lines. He is one of America’s most important liberal thinkers concerned about family issues.”
Blankenhorn was born in 1955. He lives in New York City.
With precision and passion, David Blankenhorn offers a bold new argument in the debate over same-sex marriage: that it would essentially deny all children, not just the children of same-sex couples, their birthright to their own mother and father.