The World Congress of Families released its list of the 10 best and 10 worst developments for the family in 2010.
Among the worst developments are an Ontario, Canada, court's attempt to lift laws that criminalize prostitution; the legalization of same-sex marriage in Mexico City; and Hollywood's consistent sexualization of teen girls, WCF listed in its January newsletter.
On the positive side, some of last year's best developments for the family include the November election of a pro-family U.S. House of Representatives; Spain's massive pro-life demonstrations in March against the expanded abortion law; and the U.K. government's efforts to ensure that children do not have access to Internet pornography.
WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs acknowledged that "anyone can draw up a list of 10 best or worse trends."
But he assured, "Ours is validated by the Congress' experience and expertise. We've been dealing with family issues internationally for the past 14 years."
Founded in 1997, WCF is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit of civil society. It is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Ill.
Last year, the network was directly involved in fighting gay marriage in Mexico City, the legalization of marijuana in California and Kenya's pro-abortion Constitution.
WCF also included in its list of "worst developments" for the family in 2010 the repeal of the "don’t ask, don't tell" military policy in the U.S. that had banned open homosexuality.
"This move is a major step toward homosexualizing American society," WCF wrote in the newsletter. "By conferring credibility on an aberrant lifestyle, the move will also advance the gay agenda in education, adoption and marriage law."
The repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" was passed by the Senate in December and signed by President Barack Obama just a few days later.
The 10 Worst Developments for the Family:
1. Ontario court tries to legalize prostitution in Canada
2. Mexico City institutes same-sex marriage
3. New Kenyan Constitution undermines right to life
4. Ted Turner calls for worldwide one-child policy
5. Hollywood is sexualizing teen girls
6. In U.S., high levels of out-of-wedlock birth among less educated
7. Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
8. Planned Parenthood says abortion and contraception are economic stimulus
9. Growing anti-Christian bigotry in Europe and
10. EU tries for stealth recognition of same-sex marriage.
The 10 Best Developments:
1. The U.S. elects a pro-family House of Representatives
2. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev begins discussion of his nation's demographic crisis
3. California voters reject marijuana legalization
4. Canadians refuse to legalize euthanasia
5. Spain holds huge pro-life rallies challenging expansion of abortion
6. U.K. plans to block children's access to Internet porn
7. Developing nation reject E.U. "sexual orientation" mandate
8. Regarding abortion, Europe preserves right of conscience for medical professionals
9. Hungary's new government considers pro-life/pro-marriage constitution and
10. U.N. members reject special rapporteur's recommendations on sexuality education.