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Traditional Marriage, DOMA & More Topics Important to Utahans>

Marriage is a sacred bond. Marriage is trust. Marriage is the glue which keeps society together. Traditional marriage is also under attack.

Valuing marriage is the hallmark of any successful society. The benefits are innumerable. Studies have shown that married couples earn more money than cohabitating adults. Children raised by a married father and a mother are less likely to be poor, more likely to graduate school, and less vulnerable to depression. Strong marriages lead to lower crime rates. The argument for strong, traditional marriage is hard to disagree with. Why are the courts, the media, and liberal organizations trying to dismantle the tried and true path toward social stability? Parts of The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) have been struck down by activist judges.

As society chooses the path of irrationality and reckless behavior, let Sutherland Institute be your beacon of light when it comes to traditional marriage, same-sex marriage, DOMA, and more.

How marriage affects the economy

Tweet What do personal choices regarding marriage have to do with the economy? Quite a bit, according to a number of studies. Take a look at this report, a synthesis of recent research regarding marriage and the economy, which Sutherland … Continue reading

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Helping guide prisoners’ re-entry into society

Tweet Tuesday evening, the Apollo 13 Project sponsored a “Second Chance” basketball tournament at Utah Valley University. Eight teams participated, and there was a standout performance by Cameron Mero (son of Sutherland Institute’s president), who is an excellent athlete and … Continue reading

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Obama, North Carolina and the politics of marriage

Tweet The president has just announced that he thinks marriage should be redefined to include same-sex couples. This comes one day after the voters of North Carolina made that state the 31st to enact a constitutional amendment reaffirming the legal … Continue reading

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U.K. judge working to uphold marriage as ‘gold standard’

Tweet An encouraging story from the U.K. says that Sir Paul Coleridge is establishing a private Marriage Foundation with an aim to “champion the institution of marriage as the ‘gold standard for relationships.’” Coleridge, a High Court judge, is a … Continue reading

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Well-Being Index gives marriage a thumbs-up

Tweet A recent Gallup survey provides another confirmation of the value of marriage to individuals. The survey, which is particularly valuable because of its large sample sizes, shows “highly statistically significant” differences in well-being between those who are married and … Continue reading

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Family issues in Utah Foundation survey raise more questions

Tweet The Utah Foundation recently released a helpful survey of voter and party delegate attitudes on a range of issues. I’ve spent some time looking at the four questions related to family issues and have a couple of general observations. … Continue reading

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Utah tops in married-couple households

Tweet Home is, famously, a haven in a heartless world. A new Census report indicates Utah is the nation’s haven for homes based on marriage. The report indicates that “the unmarried partner population … grew 41 percent between 2000 and … Continue reading

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Another strike against cohabitation: mom’s boyfriend can be deadly

Tweet This blog has noted previously some of the problems with a recent spate of stories purporting to show that cohabitation is not necessarily so bad (see here and here). Last week, the Deseret News ran a story reporting on … Continue reading

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‘Never worked a day in her life’ vs. the 95-hour work week

Tweet It’s likely that you heard about the recent controversial remarks from Democratic lobbyist and pundit Hilary Rosen during an appearance on CNN: “His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the … Continue reading

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‘Old rules’ about marriage obsolete? No, and here’s why

Tweet On March 25, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune editorialized on “Marriage reality: Old rules becoming obsolete.” To understand the chasm separating its reality from truth, it would be helpful to deconstruct its opinions. The Tribune’s editorial begins, “There was … Continue reading

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The truth behind the misleading ‘shacking up’ headline

Tweet The headline on MSN tells you all you need to know about how the mainstream media sees family issues: “Shacking Up No Longer a Major Divorce Predictor: Yet another reason to live in sin.” The story reports on a … Continue reading

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What’s beyond the pale?

Tweet In 1770, Edmund Burke said: “They who can read the political sky will see a hurricane in a cloud no bigger than an hand at the very edge of the horizon, and will run into the first harbor.” A … Continue reading

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Get government out of the marriage business?

Tweet Should we just get government out of the marriage business? That question is increasingly common in the debate over same-sex marriage. J. Max Wilson has made some good comments on this question. The 2012 legislative session has made me … Continue reading

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The conflict between same-sex marriage and religious liberty

Tweet In a recent Deseret News article describing the growing list of conflicts between religious liberty and attempts to redefine marriage, a prominent advocate of same-sex marriage is quoted regarding this trend. Here is the paragraph: “It’s a right-wing talking … Continue reading

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Divorce’s cruel effects on men, women and children

Tweet   While divorce has likely touched the lives of most Utahns in some way, many of us may underestimate the negative impacts of this social problem on communities, adults and, especially, children. Reams of research show that children are … Continue reading

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