Many additional organizations promote the benefits of marriage, using a variety of approaches. Here are just a few…
Campaign For Our Children
CDC Marriage & Divorce Statistics
Center for Law and Social Policy
How Marriage Works
Institute for American Values
Family Research Council
The Heritage Foundation
National Council on Family Relations
National Marriage Project
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Stephanie Coontz teaches history at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and is the author of Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage.
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
—Alan, age 10
No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
—Kristen, age 10
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
—Camille, age 10
No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.
—Freddie, age 6 (very wise for his age)
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
—Derrick, age 8
Both don’t want any more kids.
—Lori, age 8
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
—Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure?)
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
—Martin, age 10
I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
—Craig, age 9
When they’re rich.
—Pam, age 7
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.
—Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
—Howard, age 8
I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want to be all grossed out.
—Theodore, age 8
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
—Anita, age 9 (bless you child)
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
—Kelvin, age 8
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
—Ricky, age 10