The Case for Marriage

The Case for Marriage

Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially

Book - 2001
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A groundbreaking look at marriage, one of the most basic and universal of all human institutions, which reveals the emotional, physical, economic, and sexual benefits that marriage brings to individuals and society as a whole.

The Case for Marriage is a critically important intervention in the national debate about the future of family. Based on the authoritative research of family sociologist Linda J. Waite, journalist Maggie Gallagher, and a number of other scholars, this book's findings dramatically contradict the anti-marriage myths that have become the common sense of most Americans. Today a broad consensus holds that marriage is a bad deal for women, that divorce is better for children when parents are unhappy, and that marriage is essentially a private choice, not a public institution. Waite and Gallagher flatly contradict these assumptions, arguing instead that by a broad range of indices, marriage is actually better for you than being single or divorced- physically, materially, and spiritually. They contend that married people live longer, have better health, earn more money, accumulate more wealth, feel more fulfillment in their lives, enjoy more satisfying sexual relationships, and have happier and more successful children than those who remain single, cohabit, or get divorced.

The Case for Marriage combines clearheaded analysis, penetrating cultural criticism, and practical advice for strengthening the institution of marriage, and provides clear, essential guidelines for reestablishing marriage as the foundation for a healthy and happy society.

"A compelling defense of a sacred union. The Case for Marriage is well written and well argued, empirically rigorous and learned, practical and commonsensical." -- William J. Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues

"Makes the absolutely critical point that marriage has been misrepresented and misunderstood." -- The Wall Street Journal
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2001, c2000.
Edition: 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780767906326
Characteristics: 260 p.
Additional Contributors: Gallagher, Maggie 1960-


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Mar 15, 2017

“Maggie Gallagher: Tell Gay Friend He’s Driving His Spouse Away From ‘God’s Plan’”
by Miranda Blue, posted April 17, 2015, to Right Wing Watch

Feb 08, 2012

Given the case the authors make for marriage in the first 199 pages, their statements on same-sex marriage are weak at best. If marriage is better for individuals, then surely it is better for individuals in same-sex relationships. If it is better for society to have more people in the married state, surely it is better for society to increase the number of married people by allowing gays and lesbians to marry. If it is better for children to live with married parents, surely it would be better for the children of gays and lesbians to have married parents. Maggie Gallagher's objections to same-sex marriage make no sense to me, now that I've read this book.

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