Posts Tagged ‘Marriage’

ITAF – regional Conference in Dallas

March 14th, 2014 Comments off

The marriage gap: where poor Canadians are missing out

March 13th, 2014 Comments off
Anyone concerned about the increasing wealth gap should study marriage figures.

In many of the world’s richer countries policy watchers are concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor. The causes are often traced to taxation and welfare policies. But there is an important cause that is rarely discussed – the marriage gap that has opened up between those at the top of the socio-economic scale and those lower down. Read more…

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Panel discussion on role of Catholic Church in marriage debate to be held at Notre Dame

March 13th, 2014 Comments off

by Michael O. Garvey

A panel discussion on the role of the Catholic Church in the cultural and political debate about marriage will take place at 7 p.m. Monday (March 17) in DeBartolo Hall, Room 101, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Read more…

Married to the State

March 7th, 2014 Comments off

by Sarah Jean Seman

This article was first published February 3, 2014, at

Marriage is a little bit terrifying.

Just think about it. It joins two individuals with their own sets of aspirations, habits, quirks, fiscal responsibilities, and families in a binding contract…‘til death do you part. Read more…

Modern marriage: a modelling course

March 6th, 2014 Comments off
Self-actualising, HIP, egalitarian, neo-traditional – which model will save marriage?

Marriage is in trouble, and it’s not all down to the campaign to extend it to same-sex couples. It was floundering before anyone mentioned gay marriage, and continues, in the richer countries, on a path that many see as a decline. Divorce, cohabitation, single motherhood, all undermine the most basic institution of society, one still regarded by the majority of people as integral to their long-term happiness. Read more…

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Simple things make a happy marriage

February 24th, 2014 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story – Want a happy marriage? Say ‘I love you’ ten times a week

A recent survey of 1,000 Americans on what makes for a happy marriage yielded some fairly predictable results.

Couples said that spending quality time together was key, as was “being able to have fun and having three shared interests and taking two holidays a year together.”  Couples also believed that kissing and telling their spouse “I love you” at least ten times a week was a crucial part of the marital glue. The happiest couples, the survey found, had sex at least three times a week. Read more…

5 Tips for a Happier Marriage

February 22nd, 2014 Comments off

Are you looking for a more joyful, peace-filled marriage? By making small changes in your habits, attitudes, and spirituality you can improve your relationships. Here are five simple ways for couples to grow closer to God and to each other: Read more…

No, Christianity is Not Bad for Marriage: Brad Wilcox on Red State Family Structure and Conservative Protestantism

February 21st, 2014 Comments off
By – February 11

Andrew Walker discusses the article Red States, Blue States, and Divorce: Understanding the Impact of Conservative Protestantism on Regional Variation in Divorce Rates with Dr. Bradford Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. He is also a Visiting Scholar for the American Enterprise Institute. The article referenced in this interview was written by Jennifer Glass, University of Texas, and Philip Levchak, University of Iowa, and was published in the January 2014 American Journal of Sociology. You can find Dr. Wilcox on twitter. Read more…

Don’t forget the conference this weekend!

February 13th, 2014 Comments off

Getting married young? It’s good for your mental health

January 31st, 2014 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story: More religiously conservative protestants? More divorce, study finds

In an effort to discover why red states have higher divorce rates than many blue states, researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Iowa compared select county divorce statistics against information on Protestant congregations in those counties.  They discovered, according to the LA Times, that “Divorce is higher among religiously conservative Protestants – and even drives up divorce rates for other people living around them.”  The researchers blame this in part on young marriage, which they say occurs more often in conservative Protestant counties where “[p]harmacies might not give out emergency contraception” and “[s]chools might only teach abstinence education.”  W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and editorial advisor for The Family in America, commented that the findings were “surprising.”

Wilcox also pointed out, however, something that the media barely touches upon in their reports: that the study “also showed that more ‘secularism’ – people not adhering to any religious tradition – was also linked to higher rates of divorce.” Read more…

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