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  • 56 Shot, 13 Killed During Father’s Day Weekend in Chicago

    06/20/2016 12:15:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | June 20, 2016 | AWR HAWKINS
    Another holiday brought another slaughter of innocents in heavily gun-controlled Chicago. Fifty-six people were shot during Father’s Day weekend, and 13 of those shooting victims died. This brings the number shot in Chicago to “about 1,800 people” year-t0-date, the Tribune reports.
  • Papal comments on cohabitation and civil marriage suggest a direction

    06/19/2016 9:45:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | June 18, 2016 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    The pope’s most recent comments on marriage point in a disturbing direction but let’s address two important matters first. Point One. Cohabitation is not marriage. Largely overlooked amid the furor caused by Pope Francis’ rash claim that “the great part of our sacramental marriages are null”—an assertion reckless if false (which it is) and brimming with despair if true (which it is not), a claim followed not by an apology, an official retraction, or even a bureaucratic ‘clarification’ but instead by an Orwellian alteration of the pope’s words in Vatican records—overlooked, I say, in this greater mess was the pope’s...
  • Choice and Consequences

    02/24/2015 5:49:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Choice and Consequences By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe themes of early Lent are pretty basic. The ashes of Ash Wednesday announce the simple truth that we are going to die and  thereafter face judgment. Hence, we need to repent and come to believe the good news that only Jesus can save us.Another early reading from Thursday after Ash Wednesday featured Moses laying out the basic reality that all of us have a choice to make. He says to us,Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom …I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:I have set before you life...
  • A Response to the Cohabitation Epidemic

    12/11/2014 2:33:45 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    CRisis Magazinei ^ | December 11, 2014 | ARLAND K. NICHOLS
    The proliferation of research and literature about the sexual and marital habits of “Millennials” is staggering. Research indicates a casual or cavalier approach to sexual intimacy and of marriage. Marriage is increasingly postponed or rejected in favor of transitional “trial marriages” or temporary live-in situations glamorized today in popular media as “the next step” in intimate relationships.The intimate relationship choices of young adults today expose a culture that increasingly fails to appreciate moral norms and the inherent value and beauty of marriage. The rapid acceptance of cohabitation and the dissolution of a culture of marriage in the wake of...
  • Utah appeals ruling striking down polygamy ban in case involving 'Sister Wives' family

    10/09/2014 9:37:10 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 10-9-2014 | Brady McCombs, AP
    A federal appeals court will review a ruling that struck down parts of Utah's anti-polygamy law and was hailed as a landmark decision removing the threat of arrest for plural families in Utah. The Utah's attorney general's office filed an appeal Thursday with the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, two weeks after it ended speculation by announcing it would challenge the ruling. The lawsuit was brought by the family on the TLC reality TV show "Sister Wives." In December, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in favor of reality show star Kody Brown and his four wives, saying...
  • Hooking Up, Shacking Up, and Saying "I Do"

    09/10/2014 8:33:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 59 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 9/10/14 | Rachel Sheffield
    Despite the lack of cultural support for positive practices that help couples toward healthy marriage relationships, the good news is that individuals have control over their relationship choices.Most young people want a happy marriage and family life. As a new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia shows, the choices people make in their relationships prior to marriage matter. Unfortunately, the laissez-faire sexual practices embraced and promoted in our culture today don’t build a strong foundation for marriage. According to the report, authored by Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley of the University of Denver,...
  • Polygamy Is Legal In Utah, For Now

    08/28/2014 12:02:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jim Dalrymple II
    A judge ruled Wednesday that the law making polygamy illegal in Utah is unconstitutional. Here’s what you need to know: What just happened? A federal judge in Salt Lake City — Clark Waddoups — issued a final ruling in the so-called Sister Wives case, which is known for the TLC show that prompted it. Sister Wives stars the polygamous Brown family, who sued in 2011 because officials where they lived threatened to come after them. The Brown family won their biggest victory in December, when the judge said the Utah law that made polygamy illegal — and which would have...
  • Growing Crisis: Over 40 Percent of Babies Are Born Outside of Marriage in the US

    05/12/2010 2:53:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies · 410+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/11/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    I want to discuss a very alarming new study that indicates that over 40% of children are born outside of marriage in this country. This situation is growing very serious and needs to be addressed in our parishes and homes. Here is a brief excerpt of the article:The number of children born outside marriage in the United States has increased dramatically to four out of ten of all births. Figures show that 41 per cent of children born in 2008 did not have married parents – up from 28 per cent in 1990. Researchers have concluded that although Christian values...
  • Tying the Knot Under ObamaCare

    10/27/2013 7:46:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-27-13 | Eileen Toplansky
    The heinous intrusions into our lives as a result of ObamaCare swell each day. Now, in true Marxist form, the ludicrously named "Affordable Care Act" mounts an all-out attack on marriage. In 2010, in a Web Memo, the Heritage Foundation pointed out that Under the bill, couples would face massive financial penalties if they marry or remain married. Conversely, couples who cohabit without marriage are given highly preferential financial treatment. If the Senate bill becomes law, saying 'I do' would cost some couples over $10,000 per year. In fact, the "... anti-marriage penalties and heavy 'cohabitation bonuses [were] built into...
  • ‘Love Contracts’ Between Couples Growing In Popularity

    05/08/2013 8:27:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | May 7, 2013 11:49 PM
    SANTA MONICA ( — So-called “love contracts” between couples, or written agreements that detail specific promises partners make to each other in a relationship, are growing in popularity, but they may have no legal standing. Toni Mantus and Gregg Sullivan said they hired an attorney to draft their contract, which breaks down how much time they’ll devote to shared hobbies and how often they will have sex. “I promise that our date night is gonna be a weekend date and our sex life stays active,” said Toni. “It’s nice to have a contract and say, ‘Look, we did agree to...
  • Five Myths About Living Together Before Marriage

    05/04/2012 8:50:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/04/2012 | Dan Delzell
    So you think there are advantages to living together rather than getting married. Before you close your mind any tighter on the issue, check out these five myths:Myth #1 Living together first will tell us if we are right for one another.No it won't. You are comparing apples to oranges. Just because one tastes good or bad to you doesn't mean the other will taste the same. Marriage is a totally different proposition than simply living together. Marriage is built upon a promise before God to remain faithful to one another. Living together involves no such promise. You could...
  • The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage

    04/14/2012 5:44:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 75 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 14, 2012 | Meg Jay
    ... In a nationwide survey conducted in 2001 by the National Marriage Project, then at Rutgers and now at the University of Virginia, nearly half of 20-somethings agreed with the statement, “You would only marry someone if he or she agreed to live together with you first, so that you could find out whether you really get along.” About two-thirds said they believed that moving in together before marriage was a good way to avoid divorce. But that belief is contradicted by experience. Couples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to...
  • Marriage: Saying 'I don't'

    01/21/2012 1:19:22 AM PST · by thecodont · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | January 19, 2012 | By Stephanie Coontz
    As of 2010, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, married couples had fallen to barely 51% of U.S. households, with a full 5% drop in new marriages between 2009 and 2010 alone. The data for 2011 aren't in yet, but if that decline continued last year, less than half of American adults are in a legal marriage now. Is marriage going the way of the electric typewriter and the VHS tape? Not exactly. The decline of marriage seems especially dramatic in comparison to the way things were 50 years ago. In 1960, almost half of 18-...
  • Demographic Winter: A Disaster Movie In the Making

    10/16/2011 6:12:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 97 replies
    GrasstopsUSA email | October 12, 2011 | Don Feder
    A speech by Don Feder at Ave Maria University, September 20, 2011 Hollywood has a penchant for blowing things up – especially the world. Since the 1950s, apocalyptic movies (which come with a variety of special effects) have been all the rage. We’ve met our doom through nuclear war (“On The Beach,” “The Day After”), a worldwide super-plague (“Twelve Monkeys” “The Stand”), global warming (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “Waterworld,”), the earth’s core over-heating (“2012,” “The Core”), overpopulation (“Soylent Green”), a comet striking the earth (“Deep Impact,” “Armageddon”), sentient machines taking over (the “Terminator” and “Matrix” series), rampaging simians (the “Planet...
  • Marital Criticism and Pessimism

    08/03/2011 11:08:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | August 2, 2011 | Rebecca Hagelin
    "He's a good dad to our kids, but was always criticizing me," Terry complained. "I couldn't do anything right, in his mind at least. Thirteen years was enough. I figured it would only get worse, so I left." Like most marriages that end in divorce, Terry's marriage began happily enough. And it ended not because of a serious transgression like adultery, abuse, or substance use, but because the couple's personal relationship deteriorated and they gave up. They gave in to two marriage-killing habits: criticism and pessimism. A number of years ago, marriage expert John Gottman identified four relationship patterns that...
  • Married couples in less than half of US households

    05/28/2011 5:27:37 PM PDT · by thecodont · 43 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Saturday, May 28, 2011 | By NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press
    Data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows married couples have found themselves in a new position: They're no longer the majority. Read more:
  • Royal Wedding: Archbishop Backs William and Kate's Decision to Live Together Before Marriage

    04/30/2011 2:38:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 345 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/29/11 | Tim Ross, Jonathan Wynne-Jones and Gordon Rayner
    The Archbishop of York has given his backing to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s decision to live together before marriage.The Archbishop of York backed Prince William and Kate Middleton’s decision to live together before marriage, saying that many modern couples want to “test the milk before they buy the cow”. Dr John Sentamu argued that the royal couple’s public commitment to live their lives together today would be more important than their past. But Anglican traditionalists criticised the Archbishop, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, for failing to reinforce Christian teaching which prohibits sex outside marriage....
  • Cohabitation: A Royal Mistake

    04/28/2011 3:38:12 PM PDT · by Shannon503 · 63 replies ^ | April 28, 2011 | Jenn Giroux
    Did you ever notice that there is a different tone and feel to a wedding and the celebration that follows when a couple has been living together prior to taking their vows? Something is missing. Oh, it’s not the guests, the music, the cake, or the decorations. There is always plenty of that to go around. But something is lacking. I will go so far as to say that there is a special look that is absent in the way a co-habitating bride and groom even look at each other. There is no anticipation and no excitement of a new...
  • Archbishop Admonishes Unmarried Couples (Archdiocese of Santa Fe)

    04/06/2011 7:59:06 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 6, 2011 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    Many of New Mexico's Catholics were reminded during Mass last weekend that unmarried couples who cohabitate are living in "a state of mortal sin and may not receive Holy Communion." Archbishop Michael Sheehan told priests to read the letter he wrote stating that only two lifestyles are acceptable: "a single life of chastity, or the union of a man and woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony." The message stops short of directing priests to deny communion to unmarried people who are living together. Instead, Sheehan urges those "living in cohabitation" to abstain from taking the consecrated bread and wine during...
  • Sex Is Cheap

    03/01/2011 4:34:44 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 154 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Mark Regnerus
    We keep hearing that young men are failing to adapt to contemporary life. Their financial prospects are impaired—earnings for 25- to 34-year-old men have fallen by 20 percent since 1971. Their college enrollment numbers trail women's: Only 43 percent of American undergraduates today are men. Last year, women made up the majority of the work force for the first time. And yet there is one area in which men are very much in charge: premarital heterosexual relationships. [snip] What many young men wish for—access to sex without too many complications or commitments—carries the day. If women were more fully in...
  • Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate

    11/08/2010 10:21:24 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 87 replies
    *** The black community's 72 percent rate eclipses that of most other groups: 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans were born to unwed mothers in 2008, the most recent year for which government figures are available. The rate for the overall U.S. population was 41 percent. This issue entered the public consciousness in 1965, when a now famous government report by future senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan described a "tangle of pathology" among blacks that fed a 24 percent black "illegitimacy" rate. The white rate then was 4 percent....
  • Premarital Sex, Cohabitation, and Divorce: The Broken Link

    09/17/2010 1:34:15 PM PDT · by MichiganConservative · 95 replies · 1+ views
    National Council on Family Relations ^ | May 2003 | National Council on Family Relations
    The results presented in this article replicate findings from previous research: Women who cohabit prior to marriage or who have premarital sex have an increased likelihood of marital disruption. Considering the joint effects of premarital cohabitation and premarital sex, as well as histories of premarital relationships, extends previous research. The most salient finding from this analysis is that women whose intimate premarital relationships are limited to their husbands—either premarital sex alone or premarital cohabitation—do not experience an increased risk of divorce. It is only women who have more than one intimate premarital relationship who have an elevated risk of marital...
  • Living Together First Doesn’t Make Marriage Last, Study Finds

    03/02/2010 9:28:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies · 816+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 2, 2010 | Sam Roberts
    Couples who live together before they get married are less likely to stay married, a new study has found. But their chances improve if they were already engaged when they began living together. The likelihood that a marriage would last for a decade or more decreased by six percentage points if the couple had cohabited first, the study found. The study of men and women ages 15 to 44 was done by the National Center for Health Statistics using data from the National Survey of Family Growth conducted in 2002. The authors define cohabitation as people who live with a...
  • The Differences Between Marriage and Cohabitation

    11/15/2009 1:22:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 1,933+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11/15/2009 | Jane Shaw Crouse
    Marriage rates are at an all-time low, a fact that has ramifications for all of us. Most people have no clue about the differences between marriage and cohabitation, thus they are completely blasé about a trend that undermines one of the basic foundations of civil society. I developed the following chart to note the significant differences between the two relationships. The number of couples in the United States who are "living together" without marriage has increased nearly 1,000 percent since 1970. Living together has become the "normative experience," with nearly 50 percent of young adults aged twenty to forty cohabiting....
  • Study Confirms Cohabitation Leads To Higher Chance Of Divorce ...

    07/15/2009 12:12:37 PM PDT · by topher · 51 replies · 2,184+ views -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Wednesday July 15, 2009 | By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    Wednesday July 15, 2009 Study Confirms Cohabitation Leads To Higher Chance Of Divorce and Lower Relationship Quality By Thaddeus M. BaklinskiWASHINGTON, July 15, 2009 ( - A new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that couples who live together before getting engaged and/or married are more likely to get divorced than those who don't move in together until engagement or marriage, and that couples who live together before engagement report lower satisfaction in their marriages.Using a random telephone survey of 1,050 men and women married within the past 10 years, the current study replicated previous findings regarding the...
  • Why Stop at the Vestibule of the Castle of Pleasure?

    06/22/2009 4:02:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,080+ views
    Catholic Pundit ^ | June 22, 2009
    It is amazing now to think back on the fact that Fulton J. Sheen, a Catholic archbishop, had a weekly TV show that was vastly popular in the 50s and 60s, in which he defended the Catholic faith. We used to watch it every week when my grandma could convince my uncle to give up watching equally popular comedian Milton Berle on another channel. According to Wikipedia, when Sheen won an Emmy, Berle quipped, 'He's got better writers.'" I came upon Sheen's book Three to Get Married on Amazon just now when I was browsing in reaction to the...
  • Some commonsense ways to lower welfare use. (vanity)

    05/23/2009 12:52:55 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 23 replies · 600+ views
    We need some commonsense ways to cut down on welfare abuse. If the people could decide, I bet we would find lots of ways to keep the welfare system on the level. As it is now, welfare is in the hands of a self- perpetuating Democrat liberal system which keeps both recipients and welfare workers dependent on the Dem party. Most of the people on welfare are "single moms" and kids. Ever wonder how many of these "single moms" are actually single? With the permissive attitudes that abound today, do you think that most of these "single moms" are actually...
  • Best Cities For Couples

    02/06/2008 8:10:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 272+ views
    Yahoo Real Estate ^ | February 4, 2008 | Rebecca Ruiz
    With rents in many cities skyrocketing, men and women marrying later and a divorce rate for first-time marriages that hovers at about 45%, it's no wonder more American couples are deciding to shack up. There were an estimated 6,017,462 unmarried-partner households in the U.S. in 2006, according to the Census' latest research. This number includes 779,867 same-sex households. When the Census began measuring unmarried partners in 1996, there were only 2,858,000 opposite-sex couples. Though you likely know at least one cohabiting pair, unlike their married and single peers, unmarried couples are not an easy group to quantify. They cannot check...
  • WA woman doesn't want dog in bathroom during couple's shower

    12/31/2007 9:16:39 AM PST · by Cagey · 46 replies · 623+ views
    BREMERTON, Wash. -- A 25-year-old woman was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault for getting into an argument with her boyfriend over whether his dog should be in the bathroom while the couple were taking a shower together. A police report said the 26-year-old man wanted his dog to join them in the bathroom, but the woman objected on Thursday night. She told him if the dog wouldn't stay out, she didn't want to be his girlfriend anymore. He replied that maybe his next girlfriend would appreciate the dog more, and called her a name. The police report said the...
  • Cohabitation is bad for men, worse for women, and horrible for children

    10/09/2007 3:56:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 123 replies · 2,470+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/9/07 | A. Patrick Schneider II
    October 9, 2007 ( - A. Patrick Schneider II, M.D., M.P.H., who holds boards in family and geriatric medicine and who received a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University, is in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky. "Cohabitation -- it's training for divorce." -- Chuck Colson (1995)1.  Cohabitation is growing: 35 to 40 years ago cohabitation was rare; it was socially taboo. Growth by decade was: 1960s (up 19 percent), 1970s (up 204 percent), 1980s (up 80 percent), 1990s (up 66 percent), but up only 7.7 percent between 2000 and 2004. All told, cohabitation is up eleven-fold (U.S. Census...
  • Ireland 1986-2006: 500% Increase in Divorce; 400% Increase in Cohabitation without Marriage

    09/22/2007 12:16:10 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 21 replies · 289+ views ^ | September 17, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    Ireland 1986-2006: 500% Increase in Divorce; 400% Increase in Cohabitation without Marriage Cities much worse off than rural areas By John-Henry Westen DUBLIN, September 17, 2007 ( - A new report from The Iona Institute based on a detailed analysis of Census 2006 - the first analysis of its kind published to date - reveals the full extent of changing family structure and marriage breakdown in Ireland. The analysis shows marriage breakdown by age and region and includes colour-coded maps of major Irish cities illustrating this down to the electoral division level. According to the analysis, marriage breakdown has increased...
  • Major US Catholic University Caught Deceiving Diocese: Diocese Losing Patience

    09/15/2007 4:36:49 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 494+ views ^ | September 11, 2007 | Meg Jalsevac
    Major US Catholic University Caught Deceiving Diocese: Diocese Losing Patience Vice-chancellor of archdiocese states, "there's a Catholic ethos in this town that rightly smells a rat" By Meg Jalsevac OMAHA, September 11, 2007 ( - Just a few weeks ago, LifeSiteNews and several online blogs reported on Creighton University's shameful invitation, and then hasty 'disinvitation' of ardently pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia speaker, Ann Lamott.  According to several recent news reports, the hasty 'statement' published on the University website to announce the cancellation has not appeased the powers that be at the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha. The official Creighton statement announcing the...
  • No couples on the planet shack up more than those in Quebec: census

    09/12/2007 11:32:31 AM PDT · by Limbaugh is God · 16 replies · 664+ views
    Wed Sep 12, 8:52 AM By Les Perreaux ADVERTISEMENT MONTREAL (CP) - Quebecers have long led Canada in the modern move away from wedding vows toward common-law coupling, but now the province has roared past Sweden and Finland to lead the world. New data from the 2006 census released Wednesday shows no couples on the planet are known to shack up more than those in la belle province. The dramatic move away from marriage is accelerating wildly in Quebec, with 35 per cent of couples choosing common-law arrangements compared to 30 per cent in 2001, the last time the data...
  • UK Bishop: Couples that Cohabit and Reject Responsibility of Marriage Should Not Receive its ...

    08/02/2007 11:52:04 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 246+ views ^ | August 2, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    UK Bishop: Couples that Cohabit and Reject Responsibility of Marriage Should Not Receive its Legal Benefits By Elizabeth O'Brien LONDON, United Kingdom, August 2, 2007 ( - The Catholic Bishop's Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) recently issued a statement that said that if cohabiting couples are unwilling to accept the responsibility and commitment of marriage, they should not receive the legal benefits of marriage. In light of newly proposed UK legislation, the president of the CBCEW's Committee on Marriage and the Family, Bishop John Hine, expressed his "special concern" for a law that "would make cohabitation equivalent to marriage,"...
  • Hypocrisy of Hating Homosexuality, While Ignoring Cohabitation and Adultery

    05/02/2007 4:41:20 AM PDT · by Phil Magnan · 205 replies · 3,518+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 05/02/07 | Phil Magnan
    Hypocrisy of Hating Homosexuality, While Ignoring Cohabitation and Adultery Contact: Phil Magnan, Director, Biblical Family Advocates, 011-36-1-246-2587, BUDAPEST, Hungary May 2/Christian Newswire/ -- Statistics show that 25% of unmarried "born again" Christians are living together. This reveals an apparent hypocrisy in condemning homosexuality, while not condemning heterosexual immorality. Sad to say, co-habitation is on the increase and its participants also include the Catholic and Christian community. BFA believes there is also a need to condemn not only adultery in its blatant form of cheating on a spouse, but its camouflaged form by easy divorce to pursue second and third...
  • Numbers Drop for the Married With Children (NUCLEAR family MELTDOWN)

    03/03/2007 9:38:09 PM PST · by carlo3b · 83 replies · 1,983+ views ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2007 | By Blaine Harden, Washington Post Staff Writer
    Numbers Drop for the Married With ChildrenInstitution Becoming The Choice of the Educated, AffluentBy Blaine HardenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March 4, 2007; Page A03PORTLAND, Ore. -- Punctuating a fundamental change in American family life, married couples with children now occupy fewer than one in every four households -- a share that has been slashed in half since 1960 and is the lowest ever recorded by the census. As marriage with children becomes an exception rather than the norm, social scientists say it is also becoming the self-selected province of the college-educated and the affluent. The working class and the poor,...
  • Temporary ‘enjoyment marriages’ back in Iraq

    01/22/2007 6:18:03 PM PST · by gobucks · 30 replies · 1,391+ views
    Washington Post Via MSNBC ^ | 20 Jan 2007 | Nancy Trejos
    BAGHDAD - Fatima Ali was a 24-year-old divorcee with no high school diploma and no job. Shawket al-Rubae was a 34-year-old Shiite sheik with a pregnant wife who, he said, could not have sex with him. Ali wanted someone to take care of her. Rubae wanted a companion. They met one afternoon in May at the house he shares with his wife, in the room where he accepts visitors seeking his religious counsel. He had a proposal. Would Ali be his temporary wife? He would pay her 5,000 Iraqi dinars upfront — about $4 — in addition to her monthly...
  • ACLU sues WV for cohabitation law and coerced religion

    09/19/2006 6:31:25 PM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 20 replies · 842+ views
    AP Dominion-Post ^ | 9/19/2006 | AP
    CHARLESTON — A former inmate is challenging the constitutionality of West Virginia’s anticohabitation law after his parole was delayed for more than four months because he wanted to live with his fiancee. snip West Virginia’s anti-cohabitation law makes it a misdemeanor for unmarried people to ‘‘lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together.’’ ‘‘He had to follow all the laws of West Virginia to get paroled and this was a law that was still on the books, so the parole officer would not release him to his fiancee because that would be a violation of the law,’’ said Andrew Schneider, executive...
  • Fired – For Love Without Marriage

    06/17/2006 5:17:58 PM PDT · by narses · 88 replies · 2,299+ views
    AP) The owners of a roller skating rink have fired an 18-year-old woman they called one of their "Top 10" employees because she moved in with her boyfriend, violating a company ethics policy that prohibits "live-in relationships of an intimate nature." "I loved my job and I didn't want to leave," Crystal Plotner told the Coeur d'Alene Press this week. She said she was fired after casually telling her bosses, Skate Plaza owners Marvin and Pat Miller, that she planned to move in with her boyfriend in mid-May. Before terminating her, Plotner said the Millers said she and her boyfriend...
  • Separate rooms for unmarried partners on trips, says University of St. Thomas

    04/19/2006 11:44:19 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 50 replies · 1,435+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | April 19, 2006 | PAUL TOSTO
    The University of St. Thomas today said it will not let staff or faculty who travel officially with students share a room on those trips with an unmarried partner. The decision by St. Thomas President Rev. Dennis Dease, posted on the St. Thomas Web site this morning, puts into policy the university's position. But it's unlikely to end the controversy that's divided the campus the past few months. While the travel policy affects only a few professors, it became a flashpoint on campus after two professors who live together as unmarried, heterosexual partners were told in December they could travel...
  • Sex and Marriage in the City?

    03/20/2006 8:29:35 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 113 replies · 2,415+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3.20.2006 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    You know the old saying about having a hammer and everything looking like nails? I was reading an article in the Journal of Law and Economics about why housing prices in Manhattan are so high, and I thought, "Omigosh! The answer to the demographic implosion." Since my hammer happens to be sex and marriage, even an economics article reminds me of sex. So bear with me. I’ll explain what the article had to say about housing prices. Then I’ll tell you what it has to do with sex...
  • Four Myths About Living Together Without Marriage

    03/01/2006 7:09:06 AM PST · by ZGuy · 526 replies · 12,283+ views
    Human Events ^ | Mar 01, 2006 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    In the United States, living together instead of marrying has become the norm for couples -- half of young adults aged 20-40 are cohabiting instead of getting married. Cohabitation has increased nearly 1,000% since 1980, and the marriage rate has dropped more than 40% since 1960. Some see substituting living together for marriage as an insignificant shift in family “structure.” Those who are better informed realize that the shift has disastrous ramifications for the individuals involved, as well as for society and public policy. The faulty reasoning leading young adults to make such a poor choice must be exposed. Here...
  • Unmarried Couple Denied Right to Move In

    02/23/2006 1:53:52 PM PST · by Quick1 · 273 replies · 4,341+ views
    WWTI (ABC) ^ | 2/23/2006 | United Press International
    A Missouri couple say they were denied an occupancy permit for their new home because they're not married. Olivia Shelltrack and Fondray Loving have been together for 13 years and have three children, ages 8, 10 and 15, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The couple are appealing the occupancy permit denial from the Black Jack, Mo., board of adjustment, which requires people living together to have blood, marriage or adoption ties. Loving is not the father of Shelltrack's oldest child. I was basically told, you can have one child living in your house if you're not married, but more than...
  • Despite 70-Year Romance, Palimony Is Denied for Lack of Cohabitation

    02/17/2006 10:38:33 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 11 replies · 790+ views
    New Jersey Law Journal via Yahoo News ^ | 2/17/06 | Michael Booth
    In the 1978 movie "Same Time, Next Year," a man and a woman meet by chance at a romantic inn, end up in bed together and, though each is married, repeat the rendezvous each year. The film's promo line ran, "They couldn't have celebrated happier anniversaries if they were married to each other." But if palimony were at issue, neither of the trysters could have collected, at least not in New Jersey. On Feb. 6, a state appeals court ruled that without cohabitation, an extramarital romantic relationship -- even one that spanned 70 years -- cannot be a basis for...
  • Pope Stresses (Civilization's) Need for Marriage, Family

    12/31/2005 8:52:08 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 805+ views (AP) ^ | 12/31/2005 | Maria Sanminiatelli
    Pope Benedict XVI waves in front of the Nativity scene at the end of "Te Deum" prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005. Pope Benedict XVI remembered his beloved predecessor and again stressed the importance that a family based on marriage has "in the life of the Church and of society." (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)Pope Stresses Need for Marriage, Family By MARIA SANMINIATELLI Associated Press WriterVATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI remembered his predecessor Saturday and again stressed the importance of a family based on marriage "in the life of the church and of society."...
  • More Women Support a Tough Policy on Domestic Terror and Favor Surveillance Then Men

    12/27/2005 5:50:08 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 22 replies · 566+ views
    PR Web ^ | Dec. 27, 2005 | PRWeb (, a next-generation media site based on democratic voting principles and active participation of its members, released the results of its weekly “Hot Topics” survey held last week which asked whether the U.S. government has “gone too far” regarding the domestic war on terror. When asked whether the U.S. should authorize the National Security Agency or Central Intelligence Agency to provide surveillance of U.S. citizens concerning the war on terror, almost 50% of women said yes. Men who were surveyed were not so willing to allow the government the right to monitor U.S. citizens. Of those men surveyed, 56.2%...
  • Bishops' Marriage Conference Led by Supporter of Cohabitation and Divorce

    11/04/2005 2:32:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 431+ views
    TFP ^ | 10.31.05
    A Catholic theologian who opposes Church teaching on divorce and supports creating a betrothal ceremony for cohabitating couples just led a colloquium to assist US bishops with writing a pastoral letter on marriage. The colloquium, which ended yesterday, was sponsored by the US Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family and hosted by the Center for Marriage and Family at Creighton University in Omaha. It featured theologians and social scientist and had as its theme, "Promoting and Sustaining Marriage as a Community of Life and Love." According to a press release, the colloquium was a "major step" toward developing "a pastoral...
  • Looking past 'I do' - Denver Archdiocese a pacesetter

    10/11/2005 5:39:23 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 4 replies · 365+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | October 8, 2005 | Jean Torkelson
    In a room littered with pizza boxes, fried chicken and soda cans, David Walker asked 30 couples to stand and make an unusual declaration of love. "I want you to turn to your future wife and say, 'It's my job to make sure you get to heaven.' " The couples grasped each other's hands and whispered the promise, but Walker was only half done: "Now, it's the ladies' turn . . . " And after the hushed whispers faded, Walker added, "Now that's what sacramental marriage is all about. Aw, give each other a kiss." "I wasn't expecting that," said...
  • Cohabitation: a Recipe for Marital Ruin (Puts Partners and Kids at Risk)

    10/03/2005 4:50:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 169 replies · 2,451+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 1, 2005
    OTTAWA, OCT. 1, 2005 ( Living together is an increasingly popular option in many countries. But it can involve high social and emotional costs, says a new study, "Cohabitation and Marriage: How Are They Related?" The Ottawa-based Vanier Institute of the Family published the study Sept. 17. The author, Anne-Marie Ambert, brings together the results of hundreds of research papers that examined the social, emotional and financial effects of cohabitation and marriage on men, women, children and society. Cohabitation, the study observes, is often seen as entailing fewer responsibilities at a legal or financial level, and less fidelity than marriage....
  • Mother accused of killing nine of her babies at birth

    08/02/2005 1:26:14 PM PDT · by familyop · 14 replies · 813+ views
    DPA with Expatica (Netherlands) ^ | 02AUG05 | DPA with Expatica (Netherlands)
    FRANKFURT AN DER ODER, GERMANY - In a bizarre case that has shocked Germany, police said Tuesday that a woman gave birth to nine babies over a period of 16 years - and is suspected of killing each of them immediately after childbirth. The 39-year-old woman confessed to having delivered the infants herself, the public prosecutor's office said at a news conference. Investigators said the woman, who also has four other children, gave conflicting accounts as to just how many children she has given birth to between 1988 and 2004. Fearing the toll might actually be higher, investigators with sniffer...