Category Archives: Marriage & Family

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

Nation’s capital bans conversion therapy

1 in 3 Americans want a divorce between clergy and civil marriages

Are the financial pressures of illness contributing to elder divorce?

    Family Studies: Discussions about divorce, family stability, and the like typically focus on individuals and families in their normal childbearing and child-rearing years, and for good reason. Unstable or single-parent families have it tougher in all sorts of ways, and to the degree that their struggles affect future generations, solving their associated problems is all the more important. Indeed, it certainly is not uncommon to hear in conversation, even among those who think poorly of divorce in general, an almost audible relief when divorce occurs without children being involved, either because the couple has not had children or the children are grown and gone.


  • Posted: 12/02/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Time to rend marriage? 1 in 4 pastors agree with First Things petition

Should religious and civil marriage be separate? (video)

Proposed Minnesota policy would allow student athletes to choose teams based on ‘gender identity’

The mystery of case assignment in the Ninth Circuit

Student has no right to discuss same-sex marriage in Marquette ethics class?

Texas asks judge to uphold marriage law during appeal

Working in family law can reflect God’s compassion

A chronology of (mostly) my comments on ecclesiastical cooperation with civil marriage

Distinguish civil marriage from sacramental? Of course. Divide them? No!

Many faiths, common view on marriage: Men and women are created for each other

Arkansas, Mississippi marriage laws overturned

How the normalization of pornography fuels the rape culture

Separating civil and Christian marriage

The Census still doesn’t know how many same-sex couples there are

Americans evenly split on legalizing same-sex marriage in states, midterm exit polls show

What we lose when our families shrink

What’s stopping young adults from forming stable families?

Schuette urges court to take same-sex marriage case

Michigan supports prompt review of same-sex marriage

A legal perspective on ‘The Marriage Pledge’

“Not Yet”: A response to ‘The Marriage Pledge’

Defenders of the family are not as warm and fuzzy as you think

    Aleteia: Last week I was privileged to attend the Humanum Colloquium held at the Vatican, and about which I wrote in advance with optimism regarding the use of new visual arts to convey old truths. Now, with the colloquium behind me, I find myself thinking about the lasting contributions of this international gathering. And it strikes me today that perhaps one of the most important things was an attempt to frame the current international debate about marriage in terms of the humanity owed to the innocent.


  • Posted: 11/25/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.aleteia.org

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Marriage and the black family

Why I changed my mind on civil marriage

To rend is not to retreat