Week of April 7, 2013
Courtesy of Bill Coffin
The reality is that children born to unmarried twentysomething parents are three times more likely to grow up with a disorienting carousel of adults coming and going in the home, compared to children born to married parents.
2. Counting the Cost of Family Failure: £46bn and Still Rising, Relationships Foundation
[T]he breakdown of relationships continues to be a huge charge on the public purse and has risen to £46bn a year (equivalent to a cost of £1,541 per taxpayer).
3. Marriage and Historical Inevitability, The New York Times
[I]f conservatives would profit from acknowledging the economic forces shaping these realities, liberals would profit from acknowledging that maybe. . . a cultural transformation that they’ve long favored is coming at a cost.
4. People Who Marry Young Are Happier, But Those Who Marry Later Earn More, The Washington Post
It’s uncontroversial at this point that marriage, in general, makes you happier, due to the work of Dartmouth’s David Blanchflower. It seems that’s true with twenty-somethings, too.
5. A ‘Gray Divorce’ Boom, The LA Times
One in three baby boomers is currently single, and these boomers are more vulnerable both economically and socially compared with married boomers.
6. Young Opponents of Gay Marriage Undaunted by Battle Ahead, The New York Times
They identify themselves as part of the “pro-marriage movement” and see themselves at the beginning of a long political struggle, much like the battle over abortion.
7. The Difference Between a Happy Marriage and Miserable One: Chores, The Atlantic
According to a 2007 Pew Research Poll, sharing household chores was in the top three highest-ranking issues associated with a successful marriage—third only to faithfulness and good sex.
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