The dues-paying members of NCFR are the moral and legal owners of NCFR, in whose interests the Board of Directors acts. The purpose of the board, on behalf of the members of NCFR, is to see to it that NCFR (a) achieves appropriate results for appropriate persons at an appropriate cost, and (b) avoids unacceptable actions and situations.

Statements of the NCFR Board of Directors

Update on U.S. Supreme Court decision

June 29, 2015 (revised Nov. 23, 2015)

The Board of Directors of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court decision that extends the Constitutional right of civil marriage to same-sex couples across our nation. The majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges pointed to the injustice of denying same-sex couples and their children the legal and financial benefits of marriage, as well as "the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers." The Court's opinion is consistent with the NCFR Board of Directors' statement that "because children thrive in stable families, and because marriage helps to stabilize unions, the well-being of children is enhanced when same-sex parents have access to marriage and all of its social and legal benefits and protections."

Statement on child well-being, same-sex parenting, and marriage

On Nov. 8, 2013, at the annual meeting, the NCFR Board of Directors made the following statement (revised Nov. 23, 2015):

The NCFR Board of Directors is in agreement with the position outlined in the recent American Sociological Association amicus brief on same-sex parenting. We concur that there is no clear and compelling evidence that being raised by same-sex parents is harmful to children. Moreover, because children thrive in stable families, and because marriage helps to stabilize unions, the well-being of children is enhanced when same-sex parents have access to marriage and all of its social and legal benefits and protections.