‘Marriage’ Archive

Surveying Marriage vs. Cohabitation: Not a Binary Choice Any More March 30, 2015 No Comments

I have been following the Institute for American Values, led by David Blankenhorn, and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, led by W. Bradford Wilcox.  They have been working, among other things, on the fortunes of children born outside of either wedlock or cohabitation versus children born in cohabitation, in marriage preceded by […]

Living with Same Sex Marriage October 16, 2014 No Comments

Several of the Federal circuit courts have found that the Fourteenth Amendment, which became part of the Constitution in 1868, requires the states to validate same sex marriage as equal with opposite sex marriage. Of course, I think this would be a bit of a surprise to our ancestors in 1868, but that seems to […]

Why June 28, 2014, is a Really Big Anniversary June 26, 2014 No Comments

First of all, it is the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke (i.e., Crown Prince) Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.  This led, of course, to the Great War and a series of wars and cold wars that lasted for much of the 20th century and in my view effectively brought ‘Christendom’ in the West, already very thin […]

The Shoe Is On The Other Foot? April 30, 2014 No Comments

A United Church of Christ is, it seems, suing the state of North Carolina because its ‘religious liberty’ is being denied because it cannot pronounce a same sex couple married under state law.  The UCC should have the right, I believe, to declare ‘holy matrimony’ [as distinct from civil marriage] under its own canon law. […]

Two Theories of a Lasting Marriage February 22, 2014 No Comments

Reading the Sunday New York Times always fertilizes the imagination, for good or ill. Today they had a psychologist named Eli J. Finkel writing about how since 1965 we have been in the era of the “self-expressive marriage,” which is “for self-discovery, self-esteem and personal growth” and “less . . . an essential institution and […]

Declining Birth and Marriage Rates Threaten Whom? January 2, 2013 No Comments

Jonathan Last says declining birth and marriage rates are “a threat to the right’s political survival”[?]  More likely the left’s political survival; the right is making such babies as are being made, and all they have to do is educate and bring them up properly. In response to: “Demography as destiny: The vital American family” […]