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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Government stalls on humanist marriages in England and Wales

Named Person: Judge hears new aspect of legal case

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

Ireland: Same-sex marriage vote is planned

Russell Moore on Vatican trip: World’s religious leaders optimistic about their fight against the sexual revolution

KS conservatives move for legal protections

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

Some conservatives urging right not to participate in same-sex ceremonies on religious grounds

Same-sex weddings and the shopkeeper’s dilemma

Same-sex ‘divorce’ another weapon in marriage battle

New battle over same-sex marriage: Cake and photos

Colorado baker at the heart of national debate

Can’t have your cake, and a rights battle rises

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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PM told: Bring back those alienated by same-sex marriage

Bill criminalising purchase of sex passes final stage in NI

‘Widespread’ polygamy among Muslims, says new report

Sex ed: ‘Parents sidelined in favour of named persons’

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

Schools warned of lawsuits over gender accomodations

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”

Student privacy and safety concerns remain with bathrooms in schools

ADF to schools: Respect, protect all students’ privacy rights

Gloucester School Board OKs policy protecting students’ bathroom privacy

Morality in Media joined by other religious groups to pray against effects of pornography

Seven things I wish my pastor knew about my homosexuality

Northern Ireland ‘conscience clause’ consultation launched

‘This will not end well’: School board allows males to play on girls’ teams

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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The case for religious freedom

Change looming for city’s pastor-targeting ordinance

Gloucester schools face challenge with proposed restroom policy

Heterosexual couple start legal bid for civil partnership

ADF recommends policy to protect student privacy in restrooms, locker rooms

Why Christians care about sex

RC cuts ties with agency over same-sex couple adoption ruling

Ex-church employee alleges discrimination after his same-sex engagement

Gender-bending proposal a threat to Minnesota high school sports, say critics

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

Ordinance repeal on Fayetteville ballot

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

Irish school withdraws worksheet on Bible’s teachings on homosexuality over complaint

Family breakdown points to important role of marriage

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

Do ‘gendered toys’ contribute to domestic violence?