In Marriage Matters, Janice Shaw Crouse argues that marriage is a critical element in a free society and that society's most vulnerable communities, especially minorities and the poor, suffer the most from the retreat from marriage. Because marriage advances the public interest, we should create laws and policies that support rather than undermine it. Crouse demonstrates both the public and private importance of marriage, and organizes her argument in a thoughtful and logical manner.
Crouse argues that marriage is by far the best family unit for raising children, and shows how the trend away from marriage has fuelled some of the nation's worst social problems. Households lacking traditional fathers are disproportionately poor. Crouse notes the government has taken on a breadwinner role by creating welfare programs such as food stamps and Medicaid, but observes that social programs cannot provide the moral guidance of a father.
The groundwork for strong marriages and lasting relationships is examined in detail. Crouse also discusses the role of sex in marriages and the harmful influence of casual sex. She shows how marriage matters to individuals (specifically to women and children) and depicts same-sex marriage as a potential threat to the institution. Other public policy issues affecting marriage are also explored.
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About the Author
Janice Shaw Crouse is senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute at Concerned Women for America. She served as an official delegate to the United Nations both in 2002 and 2003, and was a presidential speech writer in the George W. Bush administration.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1
Part I The Groundwork for Strong Marriages 15
2 Preserving Love and Romance 17
3 Bring Back Dating 39
Part II Marriage: Safe Haven for Sexuality 63
4 Centrality of Sex 65
5 Why Casual Sex Causes Harm 89
Part III Marriage: The Impact on the Private Sector 113
6 Marriage Benefits for Individuals 115
7 The Benefits of Marriage for Children 139
Part IV Marriage: The Impact on the Public Sector 159
8 The Ramifications of Same-Sex "Marriage" 161
9 Legislative and Public Policy Challenges to the Institution of Marriage 183
10 Conclusion 209