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    Morning Bell: The Marriage Debate Through a Child's Eyes

    Earlier this month, 11-year-old Grace Evans appeared before a panel of Minnesota lawmakers considering a redefinition of marriage in that state. She testified to the significance of her mother and father and the different contributions each makes to her life. Then she ended with a simple question: “Which parent do … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Feminine Mystique and Feminists’ Mistake

    Among the landmarks in the 2013 Women’s History Month is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique—a work that was once hailed as the “the spark that ignited second-wave feminism.” Yet Friedan’s dictum that women be “liberated” actually had limiting consequences. A perspective with 50-year … More

    Making the Case for Marriage

    As the Supreme Court prepares to hear cases involving California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in late March, a new report by Heritage’s Ryan T. Anderson helps focus on the central issues in the ongoing marriage debate. Anderson writes: Marriage exists to bring a man and … More

    Broad, Diverse Defense of Marriage at Supreme Court

    Scholars have filed more than 50 amicus briefs with the Supreme Court urging it to uphold California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). While the media seems intent on ignoring these briefs and hyping the briefs on the other side, the sheer number and quality of … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Best Early Education Begins at Home

    President Obama recently unveiled his plan for expanding early education, which includes expanding federal funding for public preschool and boosting Head Start funding. According to the President, government-funded preschool is the way for students to achieve academic success. Sadly, Obama’s claims are founded on weak evidence. Government-funded preschool programs show … More

    Family Fact of the Week: To Fight Poverty, Strengthen Marriage (VIDEO)

    “Marriage is the unsung antipoverty program,” says Sheila Weber, Executive Director of National Marriage Week. In the video above, citing Heritage Foundation research, Weber explains the connection between marriage and poverty: Marriage decreases the likelihood of child poverty by 82 percent. Weber also points out what numerous studies confirm: “Children … More

    Strengthening Marriage Through Public Policy

    As National Marriage Week concludes, citizens should consider the role policy plays in rebuilding a culture of marriage in America. The institution of marriage plays a unique and important role in orienting men and women into a lifelong commitment to one another and any children they might have. Marriage not … More

    Marriage Makes Fiscal Sense

    National Marriage Week (February 7–14) is drawing attention to the link between the collapse of marriage and child poverty—and its cost to America. The statistics are sobering: In recent years, the percentage of intact households has been in steady decline. Nearly 80 percent of all adults were married in 1980. … More

    Morning Bell: Taking America from Welfare State to Opportunity Society

    “I must go to college!” insists eight-year-old Pierre William. Such planning may seem unusual in a second grader. But Pierre is lucky. He’s attending a private school in the District of Columbia using funds from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. That’s opened his eyes to the possibilities that only a … More

    Boy Scouts of America: The Badge of Intolerance?

    Recent events involving the Boy Scouts of America have once again raised concerns about attempts to shove people and groups with traditional viewpoints on issues such as marriage, family, and sexuality out of the public square. As recently as July 2012, the Boy Scouts reaffirmed its long-standing membership policy regarding … More