THE DECLINE IN MARRIAGE HARMS US ALL
By Bill Muehlenberg - Posted at Culture Watch:
Published Feb. 13, 2023
Marriage matters, and women and children especially suffer without it:Many decades of social science research have conclusively demonstrated that heterosexual marriage is an invaluable social good, with benefits for adults, children and society at large. As a well-documented 2004 booklet I was involved in producing puts it:
"We believe good social science, despite its inherent limitations, is a better guide to social policy than uninformed opinion or prejudice. The public and policy makers deserve to hear what research suggests about the consequences of marriage or its absence for children and adults. This report represents our best judgement of what the current social science evidence reveals about the importance of marriage in our social system. Here is our fundamental conclusion: Marriage is an important social good, associated with an impressively broad array of positive outcomes for children and adults alike. https://dads4kids.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/21-Reasons-Why-Marriage-Matters-30July04.pdf
Thus when marriage declines, societies and individuals suffer – children especially. This is true, especially throughout the Western world. Here I feature three recent articles, the first two of which specifically look at the scene in the UK. They further demonstrate the harm to children when we neglect, minimise or radically seek to alter the institution of marriage.
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