Category Archives: Marriage

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.

Utah tops in married-couple households

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 2010, … Continue reading

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

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 yet … Continue reading

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

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 kinds … Continue reading

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

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.[pullquote]The culture war today is between those worldviews … Continue reading

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The truth behind the misleading ‘shacking up’ headline

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 new … Continue reading

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What’s beyond the pale?

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 recent … Continue reading

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Get government out of the marriage business?

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 think … Continue reading

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The conflict between same-sex marriage and religious liberty

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 point … Continue reading

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Divorce’s cruel effects on men, women and children

  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 most … Continue reading

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Strengthen Marriage, Strengthen the Economy

  Ruth Marcus, an opinion writer at the Washington Post, recently wrote: “[Marital] decline isn’t just a social problem. It’s also an economic problem.” Recent trends in marriage have shown higher marriage rates for college-educated, high-income individuals and lower marriage … Continue reading

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One more hidden cost of welfare?

  As we’ve noted before, government welfare programs generally carry a hidden cost beyond that paid by taxpayers – a cost paid by the recipients, in whom dependency and a loss of independence are fostered. An interesting new study in … Continue reading

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Is it bigotry to support traditional marriage?

  The most prominent theme in same-sex marriage advocacy is that opposition to gay marriage is bigotry. The charge is inherent in the idea that redefining marriage is a civil rights imperative and that those who resist are on “the … Continue reading

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Same-sex marriage in New York brought to you by…

  Late Friday night, four days after its legislative session was to have gone into recess, the New York Senate voted 33-29 to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. The margin of passage was provided by four Republicans, including at … Continue reading

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Is marriage doomed with the young?

  The Deseret News recently ran a story on a new poll that suggests young people support same-sex marriage in high numbers. Shortly before this story came out, Gallup reported on a poll in which Americans were asked what percentage … Continue reading

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Suburbs Emptied of Children?

USA Today ran an interesting article (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2011-06-03-fewer-children-census-suburbs_n.htm) pointing out one of the findings from the new Census data being released: “Children, the mainstay of suburbia and residential neighborhoods across the nation for more than a half-century, are fewer and increasingly … Continue reading

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