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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.

Protect marriage, protect life

The small and brave contingent of the University Faculty for Life was in Utah recently for their annual conference hosted this year at Brigham Young University. My presentation examined the linkages between the deconstruction of marriage as a social institution … Continue reading

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What’s the big rush to get divorced?

In the 2012 session, the Utah Legislature took a welcome baby step toward restoring moral seriousness to the state’s treatment of divorce by restoring the (very short) 90-day waiting period before filing and finalization. At the other end of the … Continue reading

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Video: Marriage gap linked to lack of college education

According to Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, marriage is losing ground among Americans who are not college-educated. Those who are college-educated stay married longer and have more marital stability. This marriage gap … Continue reading

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How marriage affects the economy

Marriage and Eco Well BeingWhat 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 … Continue reading

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Helping guide prisoners’ re-entry into society

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 even … Continue reading

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Obama, North Carolina and the politics of marriage

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 definition … Continue reading

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

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 descendant … Continue reading

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Well-Being Index gives marriage a thumbs-up

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 those … Continue reading

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Family issues in Utah Foundation survey raise more questions

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. First, … Continue reading

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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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