Successful marriages are linked to wedding size and premarital sexual relations, a new study from University of Virginia's National Marriage Project finds.
Those with happy marriages were more likely to have had a large number of guests at their wedding and have had fewer romantic relationships prior to getting married, according to the study, "Before 'I Do:' What Do Premarital Experiences Have to Do with Marital Quality Among Today's Young Adults?" by Galena K. Rhoades, research associate professor of psychology at the University of Denver, and Scott M. Stanley, research professor and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver.
The researchers speculate that those with prior relationships have difficulties in marriage because they are able to compare their current spouse to previous partners, and devoting oneself to a single spouse may be more difficult after having a lot of experience. more >>
Political junkies will remember how former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was being groomed to run for president in 2012 before he made his foolish statement that the next president should "call a truce on the so-called social issues." Americans do not want a leader who is unable or unwilling to articulate and lead on important social issues.
Four years after the Daniels misstep, many have failed to learn that lesson. The New York Times has proclaimed the "libertarian moment" has arrived, by which they seem to mean libertarian ideas about marriage and the family.
We hear people say the libertarian view is to "get the government out of marriage." But where did that slogan come from? There is simply no basis for that notion in the works of classic libertarian writers. more >>
Judges who have been overturning marriage laws are misreading the U.S. Supreme Court rulings and ignoring counterarguments in order to promote their own ideological agenda, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, told The Christian Post in a video phone interview.
"This is a pure ideological power play by liberal judges, some of whom were Republican appointed, ... who don't like traditional morality and the traditional understanding of marriage and want to overturn it," George said. "So they're abusing their offices, they're usurping the authority of the elected representatives, ... and sometimes the people themselves acting through referendums and initiatives, to impose their own vision, their own preferences, their own political policy preferences on the American people. It's not right and it's not constitutional. Judges acting in the name of the Constitution are themselves acting unconstitutionally."
Last Summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in two same-sex marriage cases. One upheld a lower court ruling that struck down California's "prop 8," which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The other, U.S. vs. Windsor, ruled unconstitutional the part of the Defense of Marriage Act that said federal law will not recognize same-sex marriages in states that allow couples of the same gender to get married. Since then, many state courts, federal district courts and federal appellate courts have overturned state marriage laws, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court required, suggested or implied that they do so in the Windsor decision. more >>
Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard are celebrating their one-year "Skypivesary," which is when they had their first Skype session.
"Celebrating our 'Skypiversary.' One year ago today my husband and I Skyped for the first time!" Duggar captioned the new photo on Instagram.
She and Dillard began courting in August 2013 and had to rely on technology for their "dates," as Dillard was serving as a missionary in Nepal at the time. The Duggar and Dillard families are both Christian and follow very traditional rules of courtship. Jill and Derick were set up by her father, Jim Bob, who later took her to Nepal to formally "meet." By then, things were pretty much settled between them. more >>
The couple who inspired "The Vow" are still together after surviving an unthinkable ordeal; and last week they spoke in a new segment on Oprah's "Where Are They Now?" about their marriage and in particular how they were rewarded for remaining faithful.
"Little things that happen in life just aren't as big as what I think they used to be or what they would have been prior to our car accident," Krickitt Carpenter said during the appearance on 'Where Are They Now?' last week.
"I have a different perspective on life. Krickitt is nearly back to her old self," Kim told Oprah, 20 years after the accident. more >>
This is a game-changer. Talk about "an old wives' tale." You've heard it said that 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, most marriages that do happen to make it are nonetheless unhappy and Christians are just as likely to divorce as non-believers. Turns out this is not the case.
These claims, long understood to be research-based facts, never quite sat right with me. Still, admittedly, while these assertions do swim upstream against the flow of both our common sense and our common experience, we have, nevertheless, accepted them (present company included) as valid because – well, you know, because "social science …"
As it turns out, your gut was right. It's all nonsense – urban legend of a sort, propagated, most likely, by the same post-moderns who, today, seek to similarly undermine the God-designed institution of legitimate man-woman marriage by redefining it into oblivion. more >>