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    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

    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

    Family Fact of the Week: To Fight Poverty, Strengthen Marriage (VIDEO)

    “Marriage is the unsung antipoverty program,” says Sheila Weber, Executive Director of National Marriage Week. In the video above, citing Heritage Foundation research, Weber explains the connection between marriage and poverty: Marriage decreases the likelihood of child poverty by 82 percent. Weber also points out what numerous studies confirm: “Children … More

    Strengthening Marriage Through Public Policy

    As National Marriage Week concludes, citizens should consider the role policy plays in rebuilding a culture of marriage in America. The institution of marriage plays a unique and important role in orienting men and women into a lifelong commitment to one another and any children they might have. Marriage not … More

    Marriage Makes Fiscal Sense

    National Marriage Week (February 7–14) is drawing attention to the link between the collapse of marriage and child poverty—and its cost to America. The statistics are sobering: In recent years, the percentage of intact households has been in steady decline. Nearly 80 percent of all adults were married in 1980. … More

    National Marriage Week: An Antidote to Child Poverty

    Today is the start of National Marriage Week, a weeklong campaign to “strengthen marriage, reduce divorce, and promote marriage prior to childbearing.” Although marriage benefits society in many ways, this year’s National Marriage Week focuses on marriage as the leading antidote to child poverty. A child born and raised outside … 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

    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

    National Marriage Week: Married Families Are Healthier

    Most people know that eating well and exercising regularly leads to better health. What some people may not know, however, is that marriage is also good for their health. And its benefits extend across gender, race, and income levels. Furthermore, both married adults and children from married-parent families are more … More

    National Marriage Week: The Long Shadow of Marital Dissolution

    The data is in, and it is now widely recognized that an intact family structure is closely linked to household’s economic well-being and its ability to rise from dependency. Decades of research also provides evidence that children of married couples tend to fare better across a spectrum of measures, including … More