Marriage & Family
Healthy marriages are the foundation of society. At the same time a broad majority of Americans feel that the country is on the wrong track, marriage has become less of a priority. The shift away from marriage in our culture has an incredible impact on relationships, child development, even poverty and crime.
Dig deeperUse our resources below to learn more about this issue and how you can help find a solution.
Today more Americans are marrying later, and having more children out of wedlock, than at any time in our nation’s history. The rise of the single-parent home has a profound effect on child development. Decades of research leaves no doubt that children who grow up in a single-parent family have a more challenging path through life than children who grow up in a healthy, two-parent household.
An awareness of the need for proactive marriage education programs has made it more of a priority for policymakers. Solutions to turn the tide and improve the role of healthy marriages include two priorities: 1) supporting tax reform to remove marriage penalties and 2) supporting increased marriage education, especially in low income communities.
Make It Happen
There’s lots of ways to help spread the word about the impact of marriage on our culture. Here’s how you can help:
- As your elected officials to support tax reform policies that remove tax penalties for married couples.
- Share a link to this page on Facebook or Twitter.
- Share one of the photos at the top on Instagram.
- Email this page to a friend who is also interested in combatting problems like child poverty, crime, or welfare spending. They might be surprised to see the impact marriage has!
- Learn more about opportunities to help teach classes for married couples on conflict-resolution and other topics important to building a healthy marriage. There are also programs providing marriage education curriculum for students and in low-income areas that need volunteers.
What you don’t know about marriage
In this funny, casual talk from TEDx, writer Jenna McCarthy shares surprising research on how marriages (especially happy marriages) really work. One tip: Do not try to win an Oscar for best actress.
“Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.”