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    Cohabitation Compounds Divorce as a Threat to America's Children

    Given the overwhelming evidence that parental divorce takes a heavy toll on children—in areas ranging from emotional well-being and academic achievement to delinquency, substance abuse, and sexual activity—the nation had cause to breathe a collective sigh of relief when data showed that the incidence of divorce has dropped steadily since … More

    Kraft Foods' Divorce Prize a Miraculously Bad Idea

    A too-clever-by-half marketing team at Kraft Foods has come up with what they think is a hot seller: a contest offering a cash prize to the best YouTube video answering the question, “How has Miracle Whip Affected Your Relationship?” The winner of the contest, which runs until August 23, takes … More

    Obama Administration Just Says 'No' to Abstinence

    Take a look at the Obama Administration’s newest grant announcement for marriage education. Everything looks okay until page 29. There, listed as one of the “Unallowable Activities,” is abstinence education. Wait a second. One would expect that with the name Healthy Marriage and Relationship Grants, these programs would aim to … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 22, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. America’s jobless ask: Where’s the recovery? – Elaine L. Chao Secrecy in Budget Talks Gave Obama an Advantage – Ernest Istook ATF sought to downplay guns scandal, emails show – Richard … More

    DOMA Under Attack in Senate: A Rising Disrespect for Marriage

    The full Senate Judiciary Committee met today to consider a proposal to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA was passed by both houses of Congress by overwhelming margins—with majority support from both major political parties—and was signed into law by President Clinton, whose Department of Justice repeatedly … More

    A Generation of Divorce Testifies to the Importance of Marriage

    In a snapshot summary of her memoir released on Tuesday, In Spite of Everything, Susan Gregory Thomas gives a firsthand account of what remains of children and parents after the devastation of divorce. Thomas presents a vivid portrait of the children of divorce in her neighborhood who, with her, wandered … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 8, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. The Debt Ceiling and the Constitution – Stephen Moore Of Pork and Trade – Investor’s Business Daily In Search of a Silver Lining – Rea Hederman For Americas 99ers, jobs crisis … More

    Good News on Marriage: A Recent Rise in Durability

    A new chart from Heritage FamilyFacts.org bears good news: Recent marriages are lasting longer. This is great for happily committed couples, and it also represents a boon for civil society because of the social and economic benefits marriage provides. Commitment to marriage steadily declined from 1960 to the early 1980s, … More

    A Little Drama in Defense of Marriage Is No Vice

    Struck by the rapid disintegration of the family in American life, Heritage’s Chuck Donovan recently called for a “Marshall Plan for Marriage” to rebuild the traditional institution and re-establish its importance. In an interview with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez posted today, Donovan talks candidly about why this work … More

    The Inevitable Reality of Marriage

    Evolution and inevitability are words much in the news lately regarding same-sex marriage. The victory for marriage redefinition advocates in New York has sparked a new round of assertions that Americans can stop thinking about and debating this basic institution of civil society. Vice President Joe Biden sounded a similar … More