Lecture_15__Marriage_as_Public_Policy

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October 27, 2008 Cohabitation and Marriage Promotion Policies
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Goals Trends in Family Structure: What is a Family? Cohabitation – Trends, Differentials, and Outcomes Marriage as Public Policy
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What is a Family?
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What is a Family? The Catholic Church's definition of family The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security and fraternity within society. The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honour God and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2207)
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What is a Family? United Nations definition of 'family' "The family is technically defined as 'any combination of two or more persons who are bound together by ties of mutual consent, birth and/or adoption or placement and who, together, assume responsibility for, inter alia, the care and maintenance of group members, the addition of new members through procreation or adoption, the socialisation of children and the social control of members.' "
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What’s the Census Say?
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Fertility decline?
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Dual Worker Families?
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Relationship Status: The Question
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Cherlin: Cohabitation as a Threat? Prevalence: 9.7 million Americans living with an unmarried different-sex partner 1.2 million American living with a same-sex partner. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000
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Starters: What about same-sex marriages
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Same-sex spouse responses were flagged as invalid to comply with the 1996 Federal Defense of Marriage Act (H.R. 3396) passed by the 104th Congress. This act instructs all federal agencies only to recognize opposite- sex marriages for the purposes of enacting any agency programs. The legislation defines marriage and spouse as follows: "In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife."
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