The lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman provides many obvious benefits to society, especially children, in ways that no other relationship can. Government and society should protect and strengthen marriage, not undermine it.
Why Marriage Matters
Does it matter if couples get and stay married? Does it matter if children are raised by the mother and father who brought them into the world? In Why Marriage Matters, a diverse group of leading family scholars summarizes the findings on the difference that marriage makes. To maintain a stable society it is critical we have strong marriages that provide a safe and healthy environment for children to grow.
Marriages and families are the fundamental building block of all human civilization. Strong families are at the foundation of a thriving state and nation. The family plays an essential role in our culture. Marriage increases the likelihood that fathers and mothers have good relationships with their children. Cohabitation is not the same as marriage. Cohabiting couples on average are less committed, less faithful, and more likely to break up than married couples. Marriage typically fosters better romantic and parental relationships compared to other family forms, such as cohabitation. Individuals who have a firm commitment to marriage as an ideal are more likely to invest themselves in their marriage and to enjoy happier marriages.
Divorce and unmarried childbearing increase poverty for both children and mothers. Marriage reduces poverty and material hardship (for example, missing a meal or failing to pay rent) for disadvantaged women and their children.
Physical Health and Longevity
Children who live with their own two married parents enjoy better physical health than do children in other family forms. Marriage is also associated with better health and lower rates of injury, illness, and disability for both men and women.
Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being
Children whose parents divorce have higher rates of psychological problems like depression and other mental illnesses. Divorce is also linked to higher suicide rates.
Crime and Domestic Violence
Boys raised in single-parent families are more likely to engage in delinquent and criminal behavior.
Married men and women are significantly less likely to be perpetrators or victims of crime.
A child who is not living with his or her own two married parents is at significantly greater risk for child abuse.
Cohabitation vs. Marriage
Only one out of three children (33%) born to cohabiting parents remains in a stable family through age 12. In contrast, nearly three out of four children (75%) remain in a stable family through age 12 if the parents are married. Read “The Risks for Couples Moving in Together.”
The cohabitation instability for children is related to the instability of the overall parent relationship. Couples that cohabitate before marriage are 50% more likely to divorce than those who refrain from cohabitating before marriage. Read “Marriage and Family” at the Massachusettes Family Institute.
Want to learn more? View the full document: Why Marriage Matters: 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences
View Nebraska 2016 Vital Statistics Report and DHHS News Release “DHHS Sees Near-Record Number of Adoptions in 2017…”
Civility on the Marriage Debate
Two main points are at stake during the current marriage debate. “[F]irst, whether the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman is inherently opposed to love and compassion for LGBT individuals, and second, whether views deemed ‘bigoted’ should be tolerated.”
Better Together: Marriage and the Common Good
“Despite the cultural trends and the social trends, as far as the arguments go, you have nothing to fear. Nothing to fear. My co-authors and I wrote a book, not to rehash the rich theological and scriptural case for marriage, but to make a rational case, a philosophical case [for marriage]. – Sherif Girgis, Co-Author of “What is Marriage: Man and Woman, a Defense”
Marriage, Reason, and Religious Liberty: Much Ado About Sex, Nothing to Do with Race
Is opposition to same-sex marriage at all like opposition to interracial marriage? One refrain in debates over marriage policy is that laws designating marriage as exclusively the union of male and female are today’s equivalent of bans on interracial marriage. Some further argue that protecting the freedom to speak and…
What is Marriage
We all want marriage equality, but before we can address what “marriage equality” is, we must first determine what marriage is. Ryan T. Anderson, author of “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Liberty” answers the question, What is marriage? in this seminar presented by The Standford Anscombe Society.
American Beliefs that Weaken Marriage
Americans indicate they value family and marriage highly. Yet, current relational behaviors undermine family and marriage stability. What’s the underlying cause of why Americans’ values are not being demonstrated in their behaviors? It’s due to a shift in their beliefs about marriage.
The Bible’s Teaching on Marriage and Family
“Become one flesh” – scripture teaches that family was God’s idea and that marriage is a divine institution.
A Dichotomy of Fatherhood in America
A dichotomy regarding fatherhood is occurring in America today. Homes increasingly are fatherless conversely, homes with fathers increasingly have dads who interact more with their children.
How and Why Dads Should Connect with their Kids
Father-son and father-daughter relationships are significant. Fathers should endeavor to connect with their sons and daughters. Here are some practical tips on how to do so.
Playing Catch with Pop
America is noticing a downtrend regarding interest in baseball. While critics cite several reasons why the game doesn’t appeal to today’s “hip-hop” generation. Statistics indicate the most influential reason is that “We are looking at a generation who didn’t play catch with their dads.” What does a generation with absent dads mean for America?
How Pornography Affects a Teen Brain
Pornography is alluring. Exposure to the sexualization of humans creates consumers of people.
How Pornography Affects Families & Communities
Pornography’s visual portrayals alter both sexual attitudes and behaviors. These changes then undermine marriages, making pornography one of the factors in disrupting social stability.