Marriage Articles


Discouraging Marriage

The hidden cost of means-tested government ­benefits.
Sep 21, 2015

Traditional marriage is in big trouble in the United States. Between 1960 and 2011, the share of white adults 18 and older who were married declined by 25 percent, while the declines for Hispanic and black adults were 35 percent and 50 percent respectively. 

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Power Coupling

A Victorian alliance of love and politics.
Aug 24, 2015

On the first page of this enjoyable double biography, Daisy Hay quotes the Mister-half of her titular couple as having said, “Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.” 

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Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom

11:42 AM, Jul 22, 2015

The lone bright spot last week was the release of Ryan Anderson's much-anticipated (by me, at least) book on Obergefell and the future of marriage.

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The Ultimate in Consent Contracts

Jul 20, 2015

If you were on social media last week, you no doubt heard about the new contract being promoted to college students by the activists at the Affirmative Consent Project in their effort to beat back the supposed “rape culture” on U.S. campuses. The group suggested that amorous couples, after signing the model contract, take a selfie to document their decision to hook up (and presumably provide a defense in any disciplinary hearings down the road should an accusation of misconduct be leveled).

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The Big, Fat, Gay Marriage Post-Mortem

1:38 PM, Jul 01, 2015

Look, it's not the end of the world.  

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Obama, Who Opposed Gay Marriage When Elected, Takes Credit for LGBT Progress

7:27 PM, Jun 24, 2015

Speaking at an LGBT event tonight at the White House, President Obama took credit for liberal LGBT progress since he took office six-and-a-half years ago. 

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Obama Promotes Policy With 'Conservative Folks' Reading Bible, Saying 'That Ain't RIght'

6:32 AM, Mar 30, 2015

During President Obama's tenure, religious Americans have been increasingly marginalized by an administration that can be intolerant or at least unaccomodating of beliefs that conflict with its policies, regulations, or legislative goals. Perhaps most notably, President Obama campaigned by expressing support for traditional marriage, more than once citing his Christianity as the basis for his position, a position he later "evolved" away from. This has not stopped the president, however, from invoking scripture in support of other items on his agenda.

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Supreme Court Justice Officiates Same-Sex Marriage

10:39 AM, Sep 22, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan officiated a same-sex marriage over the weekend, the Associated Press reports. It was her first.

"Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband," reports the AP.

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HHS Extends Head Start Participation to Same-Sex Marriage Families

7:15 AM, Jun 05, 2014

The administration for children and families, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued guidance in a memo 

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Military Leave Policy Altered to Accommodate Same-Sex Weddings

7:03 AM, May 20, 2014

The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) held its first National Gala Dinner in Washington Sunday, and the Department of Defense used the opportunity to tout the rapid advances the military is making in erasing gender distinctions in policies regarding military spouses and partners.

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The Thoroughly Modern Marriage?

4:51 PM, Mar 04, 2014

Richard V. Reeves has written in The Atlantic a confident and illuminating account of the state of marriage in America today.  College-educated American men and women “are reinventing marriage as a child-rearing machine for a post-feminist society and a knowledge economy.”  On this front, the Americans have once again shown their superiority to the Europeans, who, in their socially self-destructive way, remain ambivalent at best about the value of being married.  But a European might respond that only an American could be content with such a self-consciously mechanical view of a relational institution.  It’s easy to hear the French man Alexis de Tocqueville laughing between the lines of his deadpan description of American men describing marriage in terms of “self-interest rightly understood.”

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Time Magazine Endorses 'Polyandry'

'It Makes Economic Sense for a Woman to Have More Than One Husband.'
8:22 AM, Jan 20, 2014

In an article published a couple days ago, Time magazine endorses "Polyandry," which Merriam-Webster defines as "the state or practice of having more than one husband or male mate at one time."

"It Makes Economic Sense for a Woman to Have More Than One Husband," reads the article's headline. The sub-headline reads, "By pooling male resources, polyandry improves household incomes and combats child poverty."

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Penalty for Marriage in Obamacare

8:18 AM, Nov 16, 2013

Every time you think that we've finally touched bottom on Obamacare, some new problem emerges. So what began merely as a dysfunctional website became a broken and mis-designed system. When it turned out that lots of people were paying more for their plans, it then turned out that others were having their plans canceled—and that some people were even losing their doctors. And now we're finding that, along with everything else, Obamacare contains a marriage penalty, too.

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Michael Warren, lapsed guitarist
Nov 11, 2013

The other day, I picked up my guitar and didn’t know what to play. This is happening more and more, and I guess it’s because I pick up the guitar less and less. When I was 15, I could strum my way through the entire Beatles catalogue, half the songs on classic rock radio, and any number of self-penned blues jams before I ever had to stop and think about what to play next. 

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Not All Marriages Are Created Equal

1:06 PM, Oct 09, 2013

While everyone else has spent the last few days obsessing about Gravity, the government shutdown, and the real possibility that the NFC East division champ will have six wins, it’s quietly been an interesting week for sociology nerds who think about marriage.

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Unrehabilitated Bakers

Sep 16, 2013

As the debate over gay marriage began heating up, supporters of the idea insisted that it was a matter of basic libertarianism. “Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t have one,” went the bumper-sticker-turned-rallying-cry. Of course, it was never going to be that simple with regard to something as foundational as marriage, and now we are starting to see there are real consequences to being publicly opposed to the practice.

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Coming to Their Census

Jul 08, 2013

Last month The Scrapbook reported on a slightly arcane, but important, change being proposed for the American Community Survey. The ACS is an annual survey conducted by the Census Bureau; it goes out to 3 million households and is one of the most robust tools we have for gathering demographic data about our country. For unknown reasons, the statisticians running the ACS proposed deleting a question about “number of times married.”

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The Court Exercises ‘Will Instead of Judgment’

2:39 PM, Jun 27, 2013

Whatever one’s views on gay marriage, it is appropriate — in a sense — that this issue, which was illegitimately thrust onto the scene by willful judges at the state level, has now been illegitimately advanced by willful judges at the federal level.  Accordingly, gay marriage has been propelled forward at the expense of the separation of powers, and of applying state constitutions, and now the federal Constitution, as written.  Even the policy’s advocates should view this as an unduly high price to pay.

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Marriage Politics After U.S. v. Windsor

4:20 PM, Jun 26, 2013

The Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage effectively leave the issue very much alive in state and national politics. The four justices appointed by Presidents Clinton and Obama clearly would declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in a heartbeat, if they were to get a fifth vote.

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Clinton Hails Supreme Court Overturning Law He Signed

11:30 AM, Jun 26, 2013

President Bill Clinton released a statement, together with his wife Hillary Clinton, hailing the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, a bill he signed into law in 1996.

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Strange New Respect for Chief Justice Roberts View of ‘Standing’?

11:12 AM, Jun 26, 2013

Much will be written about Chief Justice Roberts's opinion for the court in Hollingsworth v. Perry, holding that supporters of California's Proposition 8 lacked constitutional "standing" to defend in federal court California's ballot initiative against same-sex marriage. (Whether or not same-sex marriage will destroy traditional marriage someday, it's certainly destroying Twitter this morning.) But one ironic twist deserves immediate mention.

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Obama Calls Plaintiffs While Being Interviewed on MSNBC

10:23 AM, Jun 26, 2013

President Obama called the plaintiffs of the Prop. 8 Supreme Court case while they were being interviewed on MSNBC:

Everyone said they were proud of each other, and thanked each other for their support.

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Supreme Court Avoids Ruling on Merits of Prop. 8

10:16 AM, Jun 26, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reports:

WASHINGTON—A divided Supreme Court handed a victory to supporters of gay marriage, striking down a 1996 federal law that denied federal benefits to lawfully wedded same-sex couples.

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Supreme Court: 'DOMA Singles Out a Class of Persons Deemed By a State Entitled to Recognition and Protection to Enhance Their Own Liberty'

9:10 AM, Jun 26, 2013

A key line from the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. "DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty."

More from the majority opinion, written by Justice Kennedy:

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God in the Details

Explaining the connection between family and religion.
Jun 24, 2013

'Time was when the whole of life went forward in the family,” the historian Peter Laslett once wrote, “in a circle of loved, familiar faces. .  .  . That time has gone forever. It makes us very different from our ancestors.” Laslett was writing in 1965, as he lamented the decline of the family over the course of England’s industrial age. But even then, after a century and a half of upheaval, families in Great Britain and the rest of the West were relatively large, divorce was rare, and illegitimacy was frowned upon.

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Obama: 'Michelle Would Not Be Sitting in the Rain. She Has Taught Me About Hair.'

3:07 PM, May 20, 2013

In a commencement ceremony address to Morehouse College yesterday in Atlanta, President Obama made a joke at his wife Michelle's expense.

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President Who Signed DOMA to Be Honored By Gay Lobbying Group

5:41 PM, Apr 03, 2013

President Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996, is now set to be honored a gay lobbying group in Los Angeles.

"Former President Bill Clinton will be honored with an award for his advocacy for gay marriage, gay and lesbian lobbying group GLAAD said on Wednesday," Reuters reports.

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Fox News Sunday Panel on North Korea and the Supreme Court

6:38 AM, Apr 01, 2013

Bill Kristol, with Mara Liasson, Ed Gillespie, and Charles Lane, yesterday on Fox:

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Special Report Panel on Culture and Same-Sex Marriage

6:44 AM, Mar 29, 2013

Bill Kristol, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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