Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Supreme Court delays action on same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage showdown in the Fifth Circuit on Friday

Sen. Marco Rubio laments court rulings on same-sex marriage

To restore marriage, restore labor unions?

Same-sex spouses of Florida state employees granted health insurance, retirement benefits

Supreme Court to meet again to decide on hearing same-sex marriage

It’s a matter of when, not if, the Supreme Court will tackle same-sex marriage

Miami archbishop warns employees against supporting same-sex marriage, even in a tweet

United Methodists settle complaint against bishop over same-sex wedding

Jeb Bush: We need to ‘show respect’ for both supporters, opponents of same-sex marriage

Women, the pill, and the sexual revolution

Florida bishops respond to state’s change in definition of marriage

Women of mockery

Group planning legal action against DC for banning conversion therapy for same-sex attracted youth

Should pastors stop signing civil marriage certificates?

Florida AG won’t say if she’ll keep pushing marriage law

Florida counties end courthouse ceremonies to avoid performing same-sex weddings

Idaho governor takes fight to defend marriage amendment to U.S. Supreme Court

Family and ‘The Vanishing Neighbor’

    Family Studies: Shifting family structures and the transformation of American community life are typically engaged separately, the assumption being that the thesis of Bowling Alone doesn’t have a lot to do with today’s changing family patterns. And there are many ways in which what goes on between neighbors, within volunteer associations, and through other social networks don’t touch the more enduring bonds within families, which have roots and dynamics internal to themselves. But reading Marc Dunkelman’s updated take on precisely how American community has changed in his 2014 book, The Vanishing Neighbor, I was prompted to ask how the social shifts he observes might be putting the family in a more fluid and uncertain place in the hierarchy of relationships Americans, and particularly young adults, engage today.


  • Posted: 01/06/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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The legacy of the libertarian sexual ethic

    Family Studies: My own research with working-class young adults leads me to believe that they have basically made peace with sexual permissiveness—at least outside of marriage—even as they retain some ambivalence about it. They tend to move in quickly with new romantic partners, even as they worry that people rush too quickly into relationships. From survey data, we know that people without a college education have more lifetime sexual partners than those with a college education, and that most of them see no problem with premarital sex.


  • Posted: 01/06/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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When an imprisoned parent isn’t home for the holidays

Improving the case for marriage

#YesWomenAndChildren are safer within intact marriages

If the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in 2015, how will evangelicals respond?

Florida set to become 36th same-sex marriage state as judicial hold expires

These Florida clerks will stop performing all courthouse weddings as same-sex marriage battle intensifies

Florida marriage law heads for midnight end

Same-sex marriage prompts call for clergy to shun civil ceremonies

Lazy fact-checking at ThinkProgress

Is this the year for same-sex marriage?

Thirty-seven companies file brief supporting same-sex marriage in Florida

Children in single-parent families are more likely to witness domestic violence

On the liberal marriage hypothesis

    The New York Times: The theory that the falling divorce rate (among other indicators) among college-educated Americans is evidence that marriage has been successfully reinvented in the wake of the sexual revolution; that progressive ideas — the acceptance of premarital sex and cohabitation, an egalitarian vision of gender roles in parenting and breadwinning, a stronger emphasis on romantic compatibility and personal fulfillment — have basically been responsible for that reinvention; and that the main cultural force (setting aside economics) preventing working class Americans from embracing this successful reinvention is the unfortunate persistence of traditionalist norms and attitudes about sex and gender roles.


  • Posted: 12/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: douthat.blogs.nytimes.com

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Why family structure matters more in rich countries

Sex and divorce: What’s the connection?

Study: Men who use porn are less likely to get married, may be contributing to decline in marriage in the US

Hawaii Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage arguments

Appeals court overturns judge’s order for state to fund murderer’s sex change operation

Do people really understand the causes of their own divorces?

I learned everything I needed to know about marriage from Pride and Prejudice

Christian colleges vs. hookup culture

    Christianity Today: American college campuses are dangerous places. On our campuses, women are sexually assaulted in alarming numbers. Men are being hauled before campus sex tribunals, many of which lack any semblance of due process. United Educators, an insurance company owned by 1,160 member colleges and universities, reported that between 2006 and 2010, student-perpetrated sexual assault cases cost $36 million in losses to its member schools. Accusing students and accused students sue their schools in almost equal numbers.


  • Posted: 12/16/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.christianitytoday.com

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Tim Scott: Why marriage matters for fighting poverty

How our siblings shape us

Ruling overturned on sex-change surgery for Mass. inmate

A New York state of dysphoria

    National Review: The regimen of surgical mutilation that until the day before yesterday went by the name “sex-change operation” — the catechists now instruct us to call it “gender-confirmation surgery” — has undergone a remarkable evolution: from banned to fringe to tolerated to celebrated to federally subsidized under Medicare to obligatory in Andrew Cuomo’s New York, with the governor announcing that insurance companies operating under his thumb will be obliged to pay for procedures relating to what the American Psychiatric Association calls “gender dysphoria.”


  • Posted: 12/16/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Christians choosing celibacy emerge from the shadows

What do employers owe pregnant employees?

It’s (not just) the economy, stupid: Why is the working-class family really coming apart?

    Family Studies: That this is a problem is no longer debatable. The retreat from marriage in working-class and poor communities across the United States hinders educational and economic opportunity, helps drive the crime rate higher in these communities, and exacts a serious social and emotional toll on children. It also—as Robert Lerman and I argue in a new report, “For Richer, For Poorer”—seems to account for almost one-third of the growth in family income inequality since the late 1970s.


  • Posted: 12/15/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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How the American family has changed dramatically

    Time: Modern marriage presents something of a conundrum for sociologists. The benefits of marriage have been widely studied; they include better health, better finances and a leg up for children raised in a stable environment. Some studies have even suggested that the legally wed have more sex. Marriage is an attractive enough proposition that people have marched and protested to allow a new subset of people to have access to it. Yet marriage rates are in decline.


  • Posted: 12/15/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: time.com

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Divorce rates may not be as high as you think

New same-sex marriage case on way to the Court

Helping moms be moms

Why not same-sex marriage

Kansas now issuing gender-neutral marriage forms

Moms and dads, don’t fear your princesses

It’s not just the economy devastating working-class families

Wheaton’s “gay celibate Christian”

Seven things I wish my pastor knew about my homosexuality

Marriage not important enough to study? Census Bureau may eliminate marriage questions from major survey

Pope Francis: Same-sex marriage not topic at Vatican Synod, rather how to support families facing the issue at home

Time to challenge no-fault divorce

    First Things: Like the increase in abortions after Roe v. Wade, divorce rates increased significantly with the onset of the policy. As with Roe, there were other contributing factors, especially the sexual revolution, which multiplied the “liberating” effects of the new legal regime. The clear losers in both were children—aborted in ever increasing numbers after Roe, and wounded socially, economically, andspiritually in the wake of no-fault divorce.


  • Posted: 12/08/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Why Christians care about sex

Good news about relationships in America: Findings from a new, large, nationwide survey

The divorce of church and state in marriage?

Court orders school district to pay $75,000 for denying boy use of girls’ restroom

The good-enough marriage

To fight child homelessness, strengthen families

Women are having fewer babies than ever in the US

GOP Missouri legislative leaders ask to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Quitting while ahead: Why some United Methodist evangelicals suggest a split, even though their side is winning

What’s stopping young adults from forming stable families, part 2

The divorce surge is over, but the myth lives on

Missouri lawmakers try to appeal same-sex marriage case

Missouri man denied same-sex divorce appeals