President Grover Cleveland defended natural marriage of one man-one woman from attacks, stating in his First Annual Message, December 8, 1885:
"In the Territory of Utah the law of the United States passed for suppression of polygamy has been energetically and faithfully executed during the past year ...
The strength, the perpetuity, and the destiny of the nation rest upon our homes, established by the law of God, guarded by parental care, regulated by parental authority, and sanctified by parental love. These are not the homes of polygamy.
The mothers of our land, who rule the nation as they mold the characters and guide the actions of their sons, live according to God's holy ordinances, and each, secure and happy in the exclusive love of the father of her children, sheds the warm light of true womanhood, unperverted and unpolluted, upon all within her pure and wholesome family circle.
These are not the cheerless, crushed, and unwomanly mothers of polygamy."