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

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

Wash. grandmother’s religious freedom, livelihood at stake

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

Do people really understand the causes of their own divorces?

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

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

Tim Scott: Why marriage matters for fighting poverty

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

‘Widespread’ polygamy among Muslims, says new report

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

Why not same-sex marriage

Kansas now issuing gender-neutral marriage forms

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

Floral Quarrel: AG threatens to close shop over marriage

Washington florist who declined to make arrangements for a same-sex wedding may lose her business, personal assets

Florist who refused to provide flowers for same-sex ceremony sued by state

Northern Ireland ‘conscience clause’ consultation launched

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

Flower shop in court over same sex wedding case

Change looming for city’s pastor-targeting ordinance

Case against Richland florist who wouldn’t provide flowers for same-sex wedding moves ahead

Heterosexual couple start legal bid for civil partnership

Same-sex wedding florist case in Kennewick court

Why Christians care about sex

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

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

The divorce of church and state in marriage?

The good-enough marriage

To fight child homelessness, strengthen families

Ordinance repeal on Fayetteville ballot

State AG targets Wash. grandmother’s religious freedom and personal assets

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

Missouri lawmakers try to appeal same-sex marriage case

Missouri man denied same-sex divorce appeals

Greek Justice Minister declares he will never back same-sex marriage; says it’s dangerous to society, traditions

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

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

Should religious and civil marriage be separate? (video)

Local clerks must allow same-sex marriages

Traditional marriage ‘a compelling government interest’

The mystery of case assignment in the Ninth Circuit

Same-sex marriage acceptance by Finnish Lutheran Archbishop prompts mass resignations from church; nearly 8,000 resign over weekend

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

The Marriage Pledge – Its relevance in Europe

Texas asks judge to uphold marriage law during appeal

Atlanta Fire Chief suspended after writing Christian book calling homosexuality ‘perversion’

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!

Truth be told: Two clear voices amid the growing din

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

Arkansas, Mississippi marriage laws overturned

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

Ashers: MLA in equality law ‘conscience clause’ bid