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Does it matter if couples get and stay married?

In Why Marriage Matters, a diverse group of leading family scholars summarizes the findings on the difference that marriage makes

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Marriage is good for America. But marriage is falling off a cliff. In 1970, nearly 80 % of all adults in America were married. Today that number has shockingly dropped down only 52% of adults who are married. Marriage is particularly difficult for the poor and middle class. When young people complete at least a high school education, work full time and wait until age 21 to get married and have a child, there is only a 2 percent chance of being in poverty. Yet, those that violate all three elevate their chance of being in poverty to 77 percent.

Here is research from both the left and the right about how strengthening marriage reduces poverty:

Brookings Institute - "Combatting Poverty," Congressional testimony by Ron Haskins
Read the the Full Testimony of Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution. 

Heritage Foundation- "Marriage: America's Greatest Weapon Against Poverty" by Robert Rector. Click here for the full article.

Top Ten Myths of Divorce by David Popenoe from the National Marriage Project (http://www.virginia.edu/marriageproject)

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Summary points of why married people are happier, healthier, live longer lives, and have more financial stability and healthier children--from the book "The Case for Marriage" by Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher.

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"The Taxpayer Costs for Divorce and Unwed Childbearing" (costs a minimum of $112 billion a year, with state by state analysis provided in this report.) http://www.marriagedebate.com 
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When Relationships Go Wrong: Counting the cost of family failure 
Identical study in England: "When Relationships Go Wrong: Counting the cost of family failure" 
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Fiscal Benefits of Marriage And Reducing Family Breakdown in New Zealand
Identical study in New Zealand: "Fiscal Benefits of Marriage And Reducing Family Breakdown in New Zealand" 
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Private Choices, Public Costs: How Failing Families Cost us All
Identical study in Canada: "Private Choices, Public Costs: How Failing Families Cost us All"  
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The National Marriage Project provides research and analysis on the state of marriage in America and educates the public on the social, economic and cultural conditions affecting marital success and child well being.

Learn more at their website at http://www.virginia.edu/marriageproject/

Hear what our recent webinar said about new alarming research about why marriage is an urgent national issue with Brad Wilcox, Elizabeth Margquardt, and Chuck Stetson.


The National Center on African American Marriages and Parenting (NCAAMP) is committed to transforming marriages, empowering parents, and strengthening families in the African American community and others. Suggested resources: The Hampton Proclamation, and the NCAAMP "What is a Healthy Marriage?" brochure.

Visit their website for more information: http://www.hamptonu.edu/ncaamp/resources/

"The Marriage Index," a report from Institute for American Values and National African American Center on Marriages and Parenting. Reveals 40% of American babies now born outside of marriage, 72% of African American babies born outside of marriage, and marriage rate dropped from 79% in 1970 to 57% in 2008. http://www.americanvalues.org

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"...We should provide the facts about the importance of marriage as a matter of child welfare and economic aspiration. As a society, we have launched highly effective public education campaigns on much less momentous issues, from smoking to recycling... For now, the decline of marriage is our most ignored national crisis..."

Rich Lowry commentary, TIME Magazine, 2012

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"National Marriage Week presents a chance to focus on rebuilding a culture of marriage for this generation."

NEWSWEEK magazine, Feb. 14, 2015

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