The modern American family


Even in a home where there's no conventional mother, there IS a mom who plays a big role; 92-year-old Ellinor Moore loves to visit her son Monroe's family.

And what does she think of her grandchildren? "I think they got the cream of the crop," she told Braver.

"There was a time when two men might not have been able to adopt children and raise them in a family," said Braver.

"When I was a child, there wasn't even a word for it," said Ellinor. "But it doesn't alter the fact that when two people love each other enough to spend their entire lives together, then I don't see that that makes a great deal of difference."

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We are family: Oliver, Lupe, Beatrice, Monroe and Maria, in Asheville, N.C. Family Photo

Much of America still doesn't accept same-sex marriage. It's legal in 17 states and Washington, D.C., and Friday's court ruling in Arkansas could clear the way for same-sex marriage there.

But, recall, even interracial couples on TV can draw a negative response.

Are there two Americas these days? "There are certainly still two camps out there," said Cherlin -- those who accept the changes and those who don't.

"I cannot expect everybody to just change on a dime, it takes time," said Monroe Moore. "It takes people stepping forward and saying, 'We are no different than anybody else. This is our family. This is what we envision our family to be.'

"And we aren't two Americas; we're one America, going through a rebirth of who we can be for the future."

But whatever the future holds, certain basics seem here to stay.

Mark Addicks, of General Mills, said, "What has stayed the same are the traditional values and desires to bring a family together, to nurture kids, to make them develop and be everything they can be. That has not changed."

And on this Mothers' Day, moms still play a central role in doing just that.

"What does it mean to be a good mother?" asked Braver.

"Oh, my goodness -- I guess just love them, no matter what," said Ellinor Moore.


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