It’s a cold, sleety Minnesota day, and I’m in a classroom with 25 undergraduate students, talking about marriage. This discussion is the culmination of a mini-unit in which (among other things) we examined sociological data showing worrisome marital trends in America. Read more…
by Nicole M. King
The News Story – Russians consider boosting divorce tax, citing ‘moral and demographic decline’
In a move sure to ruffle liberal Americans’ feathers yet again, Russia is considering an increase in the current tax on divorces.
Kelly Phillips Erb of Forbes reports, “Russia is considering upping the tax on splitting up to 30,000 rubles ($941 US) from the current rate of 400 rubles ($13 US). The increase of nearly 7500% has two goals: raising revenue and discouraging divorce.” The revenue will be used to “plug holes” in Russia’s current budget deficit, a rising concern to many. In addition, however, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hopes that the higher tax will cause some to pause before rushing into either marriage or divorce. Erb calls the move part of Russia’s larger “rush to morality” in the past few months. Read more…
by Nicole M. King
by Nicole M. King
What can be done to lower risks of diabetes, cancer, heart attack, and stroke, the leading causes of death and disability in the United States? Health professionals are quick to hound Americans about eating right and exercising regularly. Yet perhaps they should also be calling attention to the conclusions of a study by scholars at the University of North Carolina and Princeton that found that the longer men and women stayed married — and married to the same spouse — the lower risks they face of developing these chronic conditions. Read more…
Readers, we are starting a new writing project here at Ruth, the details of which will be divulged later. For now, we are collecting your responses to a series of questions. We hope your advice will be helpful to others in their marriages. If you can help by aswering the following question, please do so in the comments. Note that off-topic or off-color comments will be deleted.
Question: How do you handle the difficulties associated with health and disability issues within your family and marriage? (Please note: this has nothing to do with orientation!) If this situation applies to you, please write your helpful advice and/or encouragement below. Thank you.
Building a different kind of culture.
by William C. Duncan, a Ruth Institute Circle of Experts member, and the director of the Marriage Law Foundation.
This article was first published August 27, 2013, at ethika politica.
Our laws have never, thankfully, required a parenting license. Historically, though, determining a legal parent often meant looking at a marriage license (or proof of marriage, since licenses are a relative newcomer on the legal scene). Read more…
by Tamara Rajakariar
What do you get when the government goes into the match-making business? South Korea, as it turns out.
Let me explain – according to a recent NY Times article, dating has become a national priority for South Korea. With recent years of rapid industrialization and a growing exodus to the city, the nation has faced radical changes; one of these being a move away from traditional match-making. But it’s all happened so fast that the young people are unsure about how to approach their new-found dating freedom. Read more…
By Stephen Baskerville, a Ruth Institute Circle of Experts Member
This article was first published April 8, 2013, at World Net Daily.com.
The fight to save marriage, as current being waged, is largely pointless. It simply cannot be won on these terms. If defenders of marriage can let go of their own politically correct fixations and squarely face some harsh but incontrovertible facts, it is still possible to stop the impending destruction of marriage by the courts. Read more…