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March 25, 2013 7:31 AM Marriage as a Cornerstone Rather than a Capstone

Karen Swallow Prior makes the case for getting married young and thereby having the relationship be the cornerstone of adult life rather than its capstone. Her own experience: Looking back over a marriage of nearly three decades, I am thankful...

By Keith Humphreys

January 23, 2013 10:53 AM Social Class and Marital Conflict

Oliver and Maggie are young, very much in love, and planning their honeymoon. What should be an exciting series of conversations becomes surprisingly unpleasant. Maggie resents Oliver’s nonchalance about where the trip should be; he’s seemingly happy with almost any...

By Keith Humphreys

December 26, 2012 7:36 AM Do Unmarried Poor Have Bad Values or Bad Jobs?

A large U.S. government-funded experiment to encourage low-income parents to marry, a legacy of the George W. Bush administration’s Healthy Marriage Initiative, has just fallen flat. Even if you were a skeptic all along of the wisdom of the government...

By Andrew Cherlin

July 30, 2012 10:04 AM Renowned Sociologist Is Utterly Misinformed About American Voters

Elder statesman of sociology Peter Berger writes:[New York mayor Michael Bloomberg] resides in his private apartment on the Upper East Side. His co-resident is a woman to whom he is not married—something that he would probably not get away with...

By Andrew Gelman

March 05, 2012 8:03 AM Dunce Cap Department

The cardinal mocked a secular culture that “seems to discover new rights every day.” “I don’t recall a right to marriage,” he said, describing marriage, instead, as a “call.” —Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, 2012   Marriage is one of the...

By Jonathan Zasloff