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    Love, Tinder, and Cohabitation: Valentine’s Day Thoughts

    This Valentine’s Day Time magazine describes young adults’ new craze over a dating app called Tinder. The app lets users slide through hundreds of profiles of dating prospects, signaling “like” or “nope” to each. While the preoccupation with the phone app might seem innocuous, it’s another symbol of the culture … More

    New Report: Majority of U.S. Teens Don’t Live in Intact Families

    The Index of Belonging and Rejection released this week from the Family Research Council (FRC) reveals a dismaying statistic about the state of American families: 55 percent of 15-to-17-year-olds in America do not live in intact families. Further, more than 40 percent of all children are born out of wedlock, … More

    National Marriage Week: Fight Poverty by Strengthening Marriage

    What’s one of the best ways to ensure a child is protected from poverty? Marriage. As such, it also helps protect families from ending up on welfare. Of the families on welfare in 2011, roughly three-quarters of them were headed by a single parent. Only 7 percent of married families … More

    Income Mobility Tied to Marriage

    Recent research from the Equality of Opportunity Project found that “the strongest predictors of upward mobility are measures of family structure such as the fraction of single parents in the area.” These findings add to the growing body of data on the link between marriage and success in life. Growing … More

    Why Obama Should Start Using the M-Word

    In a widely publicized interview with President Obama, Bill O’Reilly led his questions with the topic of the nation’s rate of births outside marriage, which have reached an average of 40 percent and have soared to 70 percent among African Americans. Asked why he and the first lady have not … More

    Grammys Say “I Do” to Same-Sex Marriage

    Americans who don’t support redefining marriage to include same-sex couples got a nationally televised message late last night from the music industry: Get over it. With rapper-turned-talk host Queen Latifah officiating, 33 couples – some made up of two men or two women – got married near the end of … More

    Marriage Testimony: You Can’t Say Fathers Are Essential if the Law Redefines Marriage to Make Them Optional

    Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, testified before the Indiana House Judiciary Committee yesterday on their proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and woman. The controversial bill, which would place the amendment on the state ballot and give … More

    The Benefits of Marriage to Low-Income Americans Aren’t Just About the Combined Paycheck

    Is splitting costs such as housing in half the only advantage marriage brings to helping eradicate poverty? Slate’s Matt Yglesias suggested that yesterday, writing, “Marriage ‘lifts’ families out of poverty not by increasing their incomes but by reducing what the federal government assumes their expenses to be. Single people often … More

    Redefining Marriage: Judicial Overreach at Close of 2013

    While most Americans were celebrating the Christmas season, judges were busy redefining state marriage laws. In New Mexico, Utah, and Ohio, judges have usurped the authority of citizens and their elected representatives to discuss, debate, and vote on important policy matters regarding the most fundamental institution of society. On December … More

    The Research Papers You Relied on the Most in 2013

    The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to policy research of the utmost intellectual integrity. This year featured debates on a wide range of policy issues, and Heritage’s research played an important role on Capitol Hill and throughout America. Here are the five most popular research papers from 2013. How Will You … More