Republicans are more likely to be married, less likely to divorce, and are more likely to be happy in their marriage than Democrats, sociologists W. Bradford Wilcox and Nicholas Wolfinger have discovered.
Fifty-seven percent of Republicans are married, compared to 40 percent of Democrats; 41 percent of ever-married Republicans have been divorced, compared to 47 percent of ever-married Democrats; and, 67 percent of married Republicans say they are in "very happy" marriages, compared to 60 percent of married Democrats, they reported for Family Studies, the blog of the Institute for Family Studies.
The research looked at 20 to 60 year olds from 2010 to 2014 in the General Social Survey, one of the largest yearly surveys of Americans. more >>
Sarah Jakes Roberts, author, motivational speaker and daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, is expecting her first child with husband Touré Roberts, the senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, California.
The Roberts shared the news about their upcoming bundle of joy in front of their One Church LA congregation last Sunday.
"For Touré and I, having a child together is the organic overflow of the love that we have been so blessed to share. When I initially found out that I was pregnant, I was overwhelmed with surprise, excitement, and joy," she told ESSENCE. "Each of our children offer a special flavor to the blend that is our family. While we are ecstatic to know that our baby will represent a piece of each of us, we look forward to the unique individuality and impact our new addition is sure to bring to our family." more >>
Gospel singer Tina Campbell is celebrating 15 years of marriage with her husband, Teddy Campbell, after a tumultuous year in the public eye.
Tina, the 41-year-old singer from the gospel music group Mary Mary, who wrote the book I Need a Day to Pray and released the album It's Personal last May, publicly dealt with the death of her father and husband's infidelities simultaneously in 2013. Since then, the pair have been vocal about God helping them overcome their struggles.
The singer insists that she and her husband are living proof that modern day miracles still happen. more >>
A Kentucky state employee has maintained her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a recently issued court order mandating that her office do so.
Kim Davis of Rowan County has declined to follow a court order issued Wednesday by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
"The Court must … point out that the act of issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple merely signifies that the couple has met the legal requirements to marry. It is not a sign of moral or religious approval," read the order. more >>
An Italian Catholic priest and his church are offering Christian couples willing to have a third child the equivalent of $2,200 in Euros to help increase the country's dwindling population of native Italians.
The money is being offered by Father Stefano Bimbi of the parish of Staggia in Tuscany, and it can only be received after the couple has baptized the child. The couple must have also been married in the Catholic Church and have to be native Italians, according to TheLocal.it.
Bimbi hopes the money will help parents "with the courage to accept the gift of a child." He also said the Church does not have a large amount of money for the initiative, but he promised that it would continue until all the funds run out. more >>
Sherri Shepherd has revealed that the reason she found herself embroiled in an unwanted surrogate baby scandal last year was because she was afraid of losing her ex-husband, Lamar Sally.
Four months after a Pennsylvania judge ruled Shepard the legal mother of 1-year-old Lamar Junior (L.J.), who was conceived using a donor egg and the sperm of Shepherd's ex-husband, Lamar Sally, the former "The View" co-host is sharing her side of the story.
Shepherd claims that during her two-year marriage to Sally, 44, she agreed to have a child with him via a surrogate because she feared that if she didn't, he would end their marriage. more >>