Revitalizing the Institution of Marriage for the Twenty-First Century: An Agenda for Strengthening Marriage
Alan J. Hawkins, Lynn D. Wardle, David Orgon Coolidge
Bloomsbury Academic, Jan 30, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 216 pages
As divorce rates in the United States reach alarming levels, the institution of marriage receives more and more criticism as an unrealistic endeavor. However, the contributors to this volume view marriage as a vital social institution, not merely one kind of intimate relationship. They argue for stronger support through legal and policy reform in order to strengthen for the benefit of individuals, communities, and the nation. The contributors address hot-button issues such as same-sex marriage, effects of divorce on children, and the role of fathers in addition to issues such as the permanence of marriage, covenant marriage, and the role of religion in marriage. This work brings together the work of respected legal scholars and social scientists, who articulate why we should care about strengthening the institution of marriage, what we can do, and what challenges we face.