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    Marriage Debate Moves to North Carolina

    According to the Alliance Defense Fund, “Sixty-three million Americans have voted on marriage, and in 31 out of 31 states they have protected marriage as the union between one man and one woman.” On May 8, North Carolinians will have the same opportunity when they vote on a ballot measure … More

    What Fewer Married Americans Means for the Nation

    Nearly 40 percent of women in the United States have never been married, an all-time high, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Beyond lower marriage rates, a high divorce rate and increasing numbers of children born outside of marriage indicate that marriage in America is … More

    FamilyFact of the Week: Headlines Mask Cohabitation’s Continued Risks

    Recent headlines, heralding the findings of a new government study, claim that “living together before marriage no longer predicts divorce” or that cohabitation before marriage poses no greater divorce risk. Regrettably, opting for the provocative rather than the accurate, the media has focused on these findings in a rather misleading … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Flawed Study Yields Pseudo Benefits of Cohabitation

    Marriage is antiquated and on its ways out, and cohabitation is the relationship of the future, the relationally avant-garde would have us believe. Take a recent headline, for example: “Living together may be mentally healthier than marriage,” it claims, citing a study published in the February issue of the Journal … More

    Marriage: The Heart of a Healthy America

    Marriage is good for the heart—literally. Based on a new study out of Emory and Rutgers Universities, researchers find that married individuals are about twice as likely to survive within five years of having heart surgery as compared to unmarried individuals. The Wall Street Journal reports: Much of the long-term … More

    Institution of Marriage Defended Throughout the Nation

    The institution of marriage has seen better days in America. The question now is how Americans will think about, shape, and participate in marriage going forward. Will Americans seek to strengthen marriage, including through laws and policies that promote the public goods of responsible childbearing and the faithfulness of husbands … More

    National Marriage Week: Marriage’s Economic Divide

    One of the greatest drivers of poverty in the United States is the breakdown of marriage. Eighty percent of all long-term poverty occurs in single-parent homes, over 70 percent of poor families are headed by a single parent, and children in single-parent families are approximately five times more likely to … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Closing the Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor

    While economic disparities between rich and poor are vehemently decried in stump speeches and the main stream media, value differences are often considered as a third-rail issue to be avoided in public discussion. In typical fashion, Charles Murray broaches this subject head-on in his newly released book Coming Apart, which … More

    National Marriage Week: The Costs of Delaying Marriage

    Starting a career, paying off student loans, and buying a house are all momentous occasions on the journey to American adulthood. While many young men and women still achieve these milestones, tying the knot and settling down are events increasingly avoided on young Americans’ path toward maturity. The increase in … More

    Ninth Circuit Rules Against Marriage

    Today, in a 2–1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that defined marriage in the California constitution as one man and one woman. The appeals court decision upholds the decision of the lower court, which struck down Prop … More