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    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

    Chart of the Week: The Health Benefits of Marriage

    What can you do to reduce your risk of heart attack? A new study released last week in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found one important factor that could contribute to saving your life: marriage. The study found that “unmarried men were 58 percent to 66 percent more likely … More

    Marriage Isn’t Just the "Old Ball and Chain"

    Countless statistics show marriage is a good thing for people and society. The Heritage Foundation has numerous studies discussing the financial, health, and overall living benefits that come along with marriage versus cohabitation or the single life. That’s why marriage is an important part of a thriving civil society that … More

    Decoding the Constitutional Challenges to Traditional Marriage

    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 on March 26 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on March 27. With the arguments fast approaching, the parties’ briefs and amicus curiae briefs have started to trickle in—tackling the various issues raised in these … More

    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

    French Protest in Favor of Marriage

    French leaders, once poised to pass a same-sex marriage bill, are meeting opposition to their efforts. An estimated 350,000 proponents of marriage rallied near the Eiffel Tower last Sunday, urging the government to retain marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The protest was one of France’s … More

    VIDEO: Facing the Big Questions on Marriage

    What is marriage? Why is government in the marriage business? And what’s the harm in redefining marriage? Those are the questions with which Jennifer A. Marshall, Heritage’s director of domestic policy studies, opened a panel discussion featuring the three authors of a provocative new book, What Is Marriage? Man and … More

    WATCH: "The Liberal War on Transparency" at Bloggers Briefing

    Today’s Bloggers Briefing features the authors of two recent books. Watch it live on The Foundry from noon to 1 p.m. today. The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson has co-written “What Is Marriage?” along with Sherif Girgis and Robert George. Anderson will speak at the Bloggers Briefing, and will follow up with a separate … 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