Is marriage the cure for poverty in society? A report released by the Heritage Foundation suggests that the institution may be just that. While one-third of single parent families with children live below the poverty line, only six percent of married families with children are living in similar circumstances. With 42 percent of children being born to unmarried parents, the Foundation states that the rise in single parent families is a recipe for poverty. The limited resources that single parent families have does tend to give credence to what the Foundation is saying in this instance.
A recent poll suggests that only 17 percent of marriages are happy ones. Author Dana Shapiro asked hundreds of divorced men and women about the reasons their marriages ended. In his work, he eliminated the 50 percent of marriages that statistically end in divorce anyway and determined that about one-third of the ones left are happy, one-third are happy enough and the other third are unhappy. These numbers are not based on scientific proof, but anecdotal evidence from people who have just been through one of the most stressful and unhappy events that they can possibly experience in life, so this author’s results may be skewed.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has stepped forward to show his commitment to ending child marriage. He stated he is as committed to this cause as he was to ending apartheid in South Africa at the beginning of the United Nations’ campaign to end child marriage by the year 2030. According to the U.N. Population Fund, 37,000 girls under the age of 18 are married every day. If the practice is not stopped, the numbers will increase to 15.1 million per year by 2030. This is one of the keys to ending poverty for women.
Not all marriage records are available to anyone who requests a copy. Depending on state law, this information may be restricted. In the U.S. marriage records are filed in the city or county where the license was issued. In some cases, a person requesting a copy of a record will be required to show proof he or she is legally entitled to the information before it will be released. In most states, a person requesting a copy of the record will need to know the county where the marriage took place and this could prove difficult if details are sketchy.
Vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan referred to marriage as a universal human value in a speech, but that is not an accurate statement. Centuries ago, marriages were contracted for political and financial reasons. The traditional marriage Ryan is referring to is likely the model from the 1950s where roles for both sexes were very clearly defined. It has faded out over time in favor of other ideals of marriage that are based on more gender-neutral roles for the partners. The traditional view of marriage is not universal, since this relationship has been interpreted in many ways.
According to an ecumenical council of the Catholic Church, God is a Trinity and a communion of people who give themselves in love to each other. Acts of giving occur not only in the present, but also going forward. The Christian ideal is that marriage is a lifelong commitment, “til death do you part.” People who never marry can still give love to others through acts of service to family and friends. It’s possible to give in this manner through one’s work to patients and clients as well. A lifetime of giving can take many forms.
A tongue-in-cheek look at how to have a happy marriage, based on the latest scientific evidence. Being happy all the time, avoiding premarital sex and cold feet before the wedding will help to stave off divorce. Staging a sham wedding is a way to make sure that couples don’t lose interest in each other after marriage. Making sure the wife does all the housework is another sure-fire way to ensure marital bliss, since the divorce rate increases when men do housework. Avoiding alcohol and having a large family should also help to keep the divorce monster at bay.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted that keeping secrets was one reason for the failure of his marriage to Maria Shriver. The former CA governor was reluctant to share information like his decision to run for office and major heart surgery. He also fathered a child with the family housekeeper and kept that detail under wraps, referring to his ability to keep his emotions “on deep freeze” as a byproduct from his days as a bodybuilder. The strong man became very good at living in denial and will end up paying for it with a very expensive divorce.
Austin city council has formally endorsed marriage equality and has made history by becoming the first group of city leaders in the state to do so. The council issued a strongly-worded resolution condemning the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans same-sex marriage. The resolution was backed by a petition signed more than 1,800 residents. Austin city council has taken a stand to say that it will not tolerate discriminatory practices which stand in the way of civil marriage between people who want to make that type of commitment and very forward thinking on their part.
The results of a survey from Universal Sony Pictures Entertainment which coincides with the DVD release of “The Five Year Engagement” has found that 66 percent of Australian women would rather get a promotion than a marriage proposal. The survey also revealed that being financially savvy and a trip abroad also rank higher than a man getting down on bended knee. Another study conducted by Boston University found that career-minded women living in two-income households are less likely to divorce. Marriage doesn’t hurt women’s careers; it’s the people involved who make or break it.