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    Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Promotes Longevity

    New research continues to show that marriage is connected to longer life. A new study from researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati compares mortality rates between married and cohabiting individuals. Researchers found that among some groups, married individuals have lower mortality rates compared to individuals who … 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

    VIDEO: The Bloggers Briefing with U.S. Civil Rights Commissioners

    The U.S. Supreme Court will wade into the contentious debate over racial discrimination when it hears Fisher v. University of Texas this October. Two members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will outline what’s at stake at today’s Bloggers Briefing. The briefing airs live at noon ET. Abigail Fisher … More

    Federal Court Upholds Marriage in Hawaii

    Yesterday, the federal district court in Hawaii ruled that Hawaii’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman does not violate the U.S. Constitution. This ruling comes as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review multiple cases involving the issue of same-sex marriage and voters in Maryland, Minnesota, … More

    Marriage on the Ballot in Four States This Fall

    When citizens in Maryland, Maine, Washington, and Minnesota go to the polls in November, they will be confronted with ballot initiatives that speak to the central question of what marriage is. In Minnesota, voters will consider whether to amend their state constitution to preserve the definition of marriage between one … More

    With Marriage on Ballot in Four States This Fall, Prop 8 Supporters Seek Supreme Court Review

    Earlier this week, supporters of Proposition 8, the 2008 California marriage amendment, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the freedom of California voters to define marriage as one man and one woman in their state constitution. This request comes at the same time that voters prepare to vote on … More

    Family Fact of the Week: One in Four Babies Born to Cohabiting Women

    The percentage of babies born to cohabiting women has jumped substantially in the last 10 years, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. “The number of births overall to cohabiting women increased from 14% of all births in 2002 to 23% in 2006-10,” reports USA Today. … 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

    Chick-fil-A Latest Example of How Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Freedom

    Same-sex marriage combined with nondiscrimination policies will result in significant discrimination against individuals and institutions that hold to the belief that marriage is—and should be defined in law as—the union of one man and one woman. In the latest illustration of how this will happen, a Chicago alderman recently explained … 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