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09.11.2011, 10:46 PM

Marriage Media
Week of August 29, 2011
Courtesy of Bill Coffin


1. Why Marriage Matters In the News (continued from The M.Guy Tweet of August 22, 2011)

2. Census Bureau News — Marital Events of Americans: 2009, PR Newswire

These new statistics come from the report Marital Events of Americans: 2009, which examines marriage, divorce and widowhood in America as well as selected characteristics for those experiencing a marital event in the past year. The report is the first of its kind to describe the detailed characteristics of marital events among Americans ages 15 and older using data from the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS).

3. Better Marriage Prep a Shield Against Divorce, Deseret News

Burchett said she has seen couples postpone marriage dates until issues they discover are resolved. “We even have couples come through the program and decide not to get married.” She said study results indicate couples who have premarital training are more likely to seek professional help, and seek it earlier, if there is trouble during the marriage.

4. Is Marriage for White People?, TIME Healthland

A new book by Stanford Law professor Ralph Richard Banks. . . Researched and written over the past 10 years, Banks’ book explores the unpleasant — and often unspoken — contributors to and consequences of declining marriage rates among African Americans. With 70% of all black children now born to unwed mothers, the consequences have never been clearer. As for the solutions, Banks provocatively suggests that black women begin looking beyond their own race for marriage material and potential fathers of their children.

5. Should Parents Marry for the Kids?: A Shaky Foundation for Families, The New York Times: The Opinion Pages

Indeed, the number of cohabiting couples in the United States has grown 14-fold since 1970. Millions of adults seem to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that cohabitation affords them. But cohabitation looks a lot less appealing from the vantage point of children who find themselves in a household headed by cohabiting parents. Children in cohabiting families are about twice as likely to drop out of high school, use drugs, or end up depressed, compared with children in intact, married families. They are also at least three times more likely to be physically, sexually or emotionally abused, according to a recent federal report.

6. Marriage Activities Use Beyonce’s Pregnancy to Send Message to Single Moms, Washington Times Communities

R&B Pop Superstar Beyonce Knowles’ recently announced pregnancy has ignited lots of interest but also social debate about controversial issues like the high rate of out-of-wedlock births in urban cities. . . “If Beyonce can make just one young girl want to wait for marriage before having her child then that is an important impact,” Tyler said. “Some of our young people don’t even realize that marriage is a realistic option for them.”

7. For Richer, For Poor: The Growing Marriage Gap, The Fiscal Times

“The trend for higher-income people to be more likely to marry contributes to [the wealth gap],” says Mariko Chang, an independent consultant for The Insight Center For Community Economic Development, a think tank based in Oakland, Calif., who sees this as a serious problem. Marriage has long been associated with greater wealth — a 2005 study at Ohio State University found that someone who married and stayed married for 10 years had nearly four times more wealth than their single counterpart. And that gap is even wider when it comes to the median net worth (the difference between what the household owns and what it owes). According to Census data, the average median net worth of married households is seven times the wealth of unmarried households.

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