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    Obama, Equality, and Marriage

    President Obama seems to have reiterated his support for redefining marriage in his inauguration speech earlier this week. Riffing on the Declaration of Independence, Obama declared that “[o]ur journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law—for if we are truly … More

    Morning Bell: Responding to Newtown

    When confronted with the murder of children, the only reaction is anger, shock, and grief. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, America has been reeling. We want to protect our fellow Americans, our families, and ourselves. We want to understand the causes of violence and … More

    VIDEO: Interview with Jim DeMint on Family and Work (Part 3)

    Senator Jim DeMint joined The Heritage Foundation this week, leaving his job in Congress to prepare to become the think tank’s next president in April. This is the third and final part of our interview with DeMint. He talks about growing up in Greenville, SC, his single mother, and the importance … More

    In Illinois, Redefining Marriage Threatens Marriage and Religious Freedom

    Lawmakers in Illinois are considering a bill to redefine marriage. This comes a little over a year after the state created civil unions for those in same-sex relationships by passing the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. Shortly thereafter, Catholic Charities was forced out of foster care and adoption … More

    Restoring Marriage Requires Knowing What It Is

    “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent,” despite the impression its title might give, was released earlier this week not by the Obama Administration but by the Institute for American Values and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. It is a timely, compelling, and important … More

    The Death Tax: A Family Business Story (VIDEO)

    Pursuing the American dream is tough enough these days without having to worry about losing it all in the end. “It’s a weight on your shoulders to have to think about this,” said Patricia Baldwin of Reliable Contracting Company. In this video, Baldwin discusses how the death tax has affected … More

    The Supreme Court's Challenge: Restore Marriage Decisions to Citizens

    The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear cases dealing with the definition of marriage during its current term. The Court will consider challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and signed by President Clinton, and Proposition 8, California’s constitutional amendment … More

    Helping the Poor and Addicted Turn Their Lives Around (VIDEO)

    Strong marriage and family relationships are crucial to fighting poverty. This was the message shared by grassroots leaders at an anti-poverty conference sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise this past September. These leaders shared firsthand experience and common-sense intuition about poverty reduction. They explained what … More

    WATCH: Lunch with Heritage Google Hangout on the "War on Women"

    Our weekly “Lunch with Heritage” chats have grown over the past two years into a vibrant discussion of policy issues. Today we’re introducing a new way for you to engage with us by making them Google Hangouts. They will still be every Friday at noon ET. Adding a video element … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Fathers' Involvement Helps Teens Delay Sexual Activity

    A new study published in the journal Pediatrics adds to a body of research showing the importance of fathers in protecting children against negative outcomes, from lower academic achievement to poverty. The study found that teens who have close emotional relationships with their fathers are more likely to put off … More