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43 Facts About Love, Sex, Dating And Marriage That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
End Of The American Dream
April 2, 2017 by Michael Snyder

Is it more difficult for a woman to find a husband in America today compared to several decades ago?  If a couple lives together before marriage, are they more likely or less likely to get divorced?  Are married men more satisfied with their intimate relationships than single men are?  You will get answers to these questions and many more in this article, and what the numbers actually show may surprise you.  The truth is that there have been some seismic cultural shifts when it comes to romantic love, courtship, marriage and parenting in America.  The way things worked for our parents and grandparents is not necessarily the way that things work in 2017.  I expect that the statistics I am about to share with you will provoke some extremely strong reactions, and that is okay, because we need to have open and honest discussions about these things.  The following are 43 facts about love, sex, dating and marriage that are almost too crazy to believe ... More

For nearly two decades there’s been a law on the books in Illinois to protect minors from abortion practitioners by requiring that a parent or guardian be notified of a pending procedure 48 hours before it happened.

Finally, it’s about to be enforced.

That’s after the state Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that the law does not violate the Illinois Constitution.

“This is a huge victory for the rights of parents not only in Illinois but in all Midwestern states,” said Tom Brejcha, president of the Thomas More Society, which had argued on behalf of the law.


Sept 2010
Texas Court Upholds Ban on Gay ‘Marriage’
By Peter J. Smith

DALLAS, Texas, September 3, 2010 (  - A Texas appeals court has struck down a trial court’s ruling Tuesday that the state’s ban on same-sex “marriage” violated the rights of a homosexual couple seeking a divorce. The court declared that “the natural ability to procreate” constituted the rational basis to restrict marriage to a man and a woman.

The Court of Appeals for the 5th District of Texas struck down the previous ruling that said that two homosexual plaintiffs  married in Massachusetts, identified as J.B. and H.B., had a right to a same-sex “divorce” in Texas based on the “full faith and credit clause” of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs obtained a marriage license from Massachusetts in September 2006, moved to Texas in 2008, and later that year J.B. demanded a no-fault divorce.  More ....

Marriage fee gets surprise blessing
House OKs cost increase, but some lawmakers say bill slipped past them
May 16, 2007

AUSTIN — In a switch some blamed on end-of-session blur, the House sent Gov. Rick Perry a bill Tuesday that doubles marriage license fees to $60 unless future brides and grooms take a class on how to be good spouses.

Before the Senate approved the bill with the fee hike last week, the House had taken it out, calling it a marriage tax and government meddling in private lives.

Tuesday, the House reversed itself, returning a carrot-and-stick approach to the bill. You take the eight-hour class, your marriage license is free. You don't, you pay double.

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A Sterile Worldview
Vanishing Russia
by Chuck Colson
October 25, 2006

According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, Russia "has lost the equivalent of a city of 700,000 people every year since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991." We're talking about the population of San Francisco or Baltimore—a grim reminder of how fruitless some worldviews can be.

If demographic trends hold steady, Russia's population, which stands at 142 million today, will drop to 52 million by 2080. At that point, according to Sergei Mironov, the chairman of the upper house of the Dumas, the Russian parliament, "there will no longer be a great Russia . . . it will be torn apart piece by piece, and finally cease to exist."

Mironov isn't alone in his fears. Russia's demographic crisis raises "serious questions about whether Russia will be able to hold on to its lands along the border with China or field an army, let alone a workforce to support the ill and the elderly."

Even more disturbing than the numbers are the reasons behind them: that is, "one of the world's fastest-growing AIDS epidemics . . . alcohol and drug abuse . . . [and] suicide" are among the leading causes of Russia's shrinking population.

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In Our View - The Married Minority
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Columbian editorial writers

Move over smug married types. Unmarried couples and singletons now make up the majority of American households, according to a New York Times' analysis of new government figures. Bridget Jones must be smiling. If only she'd known this sooner, she would not have spent so much time swimming in Chardonnay, feeling like "a tragic freak" and pining for Mark Darcy.

The Census Bureau found that more households than not have unmarried people. Just 49.7 percent of the nation's 111.1 million households in 2005 were made up of married couples, down from 52 percent five years ago.

There are many culprits an increase in cohabitation is one. But marrying age is likely the most significant factor driving this shift. Among Americans aged 35-64, married couples still make up a majority of all homes. It's in homes headed by people aged 25 to 34 that this unmarried trend lives and thrives.

... Family-friendly workplaces are still important and good for the bottom line, as is treating all singletons fairly.

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Beyond Marriage
by Gary L. Bauer, Chairman Campaign for Working Families
August 1, 2006

Pro-family advocates have repeatedly warned that attempts to redefine marriage will lead to polygamy and perhaps even a total devaluation of marriage. Our concerns have been greeted by the cultural elites with scoffing and skepticism. But now we don't have to speculate anymore; the proponents of homosexual "marriage" admit it and they have posted their manifesto online at

No longer content with "the narrow terms of the marriage debate," they are now advocating, "Legal recognition for a wide rage of relationships, households and families - regardless of kinship or conjugal status." They also demand, "Access for all, regardless of marital or citizenship status, to vital government support programs, including but not limited to health care, housing, Social Security and pension plans, disaster recovery assistance, unemployment insurance, and welfare assistance."

My Father Was an Anonymous Sperm Donor

By Katrina Clark
December 17, 2006
The Washington Post

I really wasn't expecting anything the day, earlier this year, when I sent an e-mail to a man whose name I had found on the Internet. I was looking for my father, and in some ways this man fit the bill. But I never thought I'd hit pay dirt on my first try. Then I got a reply -- with a picture attached.

From my computer screen, my own face seemed to stare back at me. And just like that, after 17 years, the missing piece of the puzzle snapped into place.

The puzzle of who I am.

I'm 18, and for most of my life, I haven't known half my origins. I didn't know where my nose or jaw came from, or my interest in foreign cultures. I obviously got my teeth and my penchant for corny jokes from my mother, along with my feminist perspective. But a whole other part of me was a mystery.

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Washington State Supreme Court Upholds Homosexual "Marriage" Ban
By Gudrun Schultz

SEATTLE, Washington, July 26, 2006 ( - The Supreme Court of Washington issued a long-awaited ruling today, upholding the state's ban on homosexual "marriage," reported this morning.

In a 5-4 decision, the Court upheld the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as solely the union between one man and one woman.

DOMA was instituted to "promote procreation and to encourage stable families," Justice Barbara Madsen wrote in the decision.

"The legislature was entitled to believe that limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples furthers the State's legitimate interests in procreation and the well-being of children."

Washington's ban on homosexual marriages, which passed the state Legislature with an overwhelming majority in 1998 despite the veto of Governor Gary Locke, was challenged in 2004 by 19 homosexual couples. Backed by gay activist organizations including the Northwest Women's Law Center, Lamba Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the couples launched two suits claiming the ban violated their constitutional right to equality. 

The Court's decision to uphold the same-sex marriage ban marks a significant victory for supporters of traditional marriage in the country, following close behind the New York State Appeals Court ruling earlier this month upholding the state's constitutional ban on homosexual "marriage."

As in the Washington state decision, New York's ruling was made primarily on the grounds of protecting the best interests of children. The Court said the state of New York was justified in refusing to recognize same-sex marriages based on concern for the welfare of children alone, stating:

"To recognize marriage between people of the same sex would result in the abolition of male and female by making gender irrelevant, and the abolition of gender would have devastating effects on children. Children do best when raised with a mom and a dad."

Massachusetts remains the only state in the union to permit homosexual "marriage."

An additional seven states are facing lawsuits seeking to overturn marriage laws, including New Jersey and California.

See previous LifeSiteNews coverage:

Seattle Archbishop Condemns Gay "Marriage", Fears State-made Theology, Lawsuits

Judge Legalizes Same-Sex "Marriage" for Washington State

New York's Highest Court Rules 4-2 In Favor Of Traditional Marriage

Supreme Court Opinions:


Clark County Marriage Statistics

Marriage Comparisons Divorce Comparisons
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Data Sources: Washington State Department of Health Stats, National Center for Health Statistics, US Census Bureau, UN Statistics Division

Additional Data Sources
Clark County Health Dept National Center For Health Statistics
Washington State Dept of Health US Census Bureau
UN Statistics Division  

Marriage dearth .... "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold." .... Matthew 24:12-13 ......