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    Is Marriage the Key to Prosperity?

    What’s the number one antidote to child poverty in America? Marriage. The truth is that children born to married-parent families are 82 percent less likely to live in poverty. The most effective weapon against child poverty is within our reach. Last week during the second presidential debate, former Governor Mitt … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Why Values Matter

    A recent Gallup poll found that, for the first time, a majority of Americans think that the government should not promote traditional values. This opinion regarding the government’s role reflects a general rise in relativism and a social environment in which upholding clear standards is characterized as being judgmental and … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Is the Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    New research shows that marriage is the nation’s best antidote to child poverty. This holds true in every state across the country. On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation introduced a new web page illustrating how marriage protects against child poverty. The new web page features 14 charts, a new Special Report … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Back to School Prep Is a Lifelong Project

    It’s back-to-school time, and parents are scurrying to equip their children for success. But children’s school preparation should begin much earlier than August. As numerous studies show, it should start during a child’s toddler years. Parents’ involvement with their children (both academically and otherwise) from their earliest years in life … More

    Toward a More Civil Union on Marriage

    Yesterday’s shooting at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC) stunned the nation. FRC’s long-time security guard, Leo Johnson, was shot in the arm by a gunman carrying a box of ammunition in his backpack trying to gain access to the building. Law enforcement hailed Leo a … More

    Debating Same-Sex Marriage

    Civil, substantive arguments on the nature and purpose of marriage can sometimes get lost in rancorous rhetorical crossfire over the definition of the institution. John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher’s exchange in their new book Debating Same-Sex Marriage is a welcome exception. For Corvino, marriage establishes your “Number One Person,” that … More

    The Future of Marriage: Who Decides?

      “Who gets to make the decision about restructuring and redefining the basic cell of the civil order?” asked University of St. Thomas law professor Teresa Collett on a panel discussing the institution of marriage at The Heritage Foundation Tuesday. Is it the courts? Or under our concept of ordered … More

    How Chick-fil-A Serves American Families

    While big-city mayors crow like roosters to demonstrate who’s toughest on “Chick-fil-A values,” shredding constitutional free speech guarantees as they strut for the media, Heritage’s Jennifer Marshall helpfully shines some light on the chicken franchise’s impressive work to strengthen families. Of course, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy wasn’t making a speech … More

    Repealing Obamacare to Preserve Civil Society

    The Supreme Court decision yesterday on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, or ACA) offered only one hope of answering social issue concerns about the sweeping law: a ruling that the ACA is both unconstitutional in part and non-severable as a whole. That is, if the Supreme Court had dispatched the … More

    Reasoning for Marriage

    The majority of Americans think it best to keep civil marriage as the union of a man and a woman. But a handful of judges have overruled the reasonable judgments and will of the people and their elected representatives, claiming that animus and anti-gay bigotry underlie such conclusions. For example, … More