research briefs

Is Same Sex Marriage Good for the Economy

Gay marriage advocates argue that same-sex marriage laws would help state economies. Examining various measures of state business environments, this paper asks whether this claim has merit. Across ten measures, states with marriage amendments do significantly better than states with same-sex marriage on a majority of indicators while states with same-sex marriage are disproportionately represented in the negative categories of nearly half the measures and underrepresented in most of the positive measures.

 

Marriage Amendments and Same-Sex Union Recognition

Since 1998, voters in thirty states have approved constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  In every state where the definition of marriage has been put on the ballot, the voters have protected marriage, often by large margins.  Research indicates, though, that the absence of a marriage amendment dramatically increases the likelihood that gay marriage will be recognized.

Family Structures Study

The New Family Structure Study (NFSS) shows clearly that the best place to raise children is with their mother and father.  It is a comparative project which seeks to understand how young adults (~ages 18-39) raised by same-sex parents fare on a variety of social, emotional, and relational outcomes when compared with young adults raised in homes with their married biological parents, those raised with a step-parent, and those raised in homes with two adoptive parents.

Same-sex parenting and children’s outcomes: A closer examination of the American psychological association’s brief on lesbian and gay parenting

Very often you’ve heard the assertion that lesbian or gay parents are just as good for children as a mom and a dad.  Most of the time, those making the assertion, if they rely on anything resource at all, refer to a 2005 American Psychological Association (APA)brief which included the assertion: “Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents” (p. 15).This resource closely examines this assertion and the 59 published studies cited by the APA to support it.  The conclusion is that strong assertions, including those made by the APA, were not empirically warranted.

 

Why Libertarians Should Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

Government recognizes marriage because it is an institution that benefits society in a way that no other relationship does.  Marriage is society’s least restrictive means to ensure the well-being of children, while respecting everyone’s liberty to form their own relationships.  Whether you think government should “get out of the marriage business” or simply leave it to the states, this brief helps unpack the uniqueness of marriage and its crucial place in our society.

Scholarly Articles on Family Structure and Recent Research 

The Taxpayer Cost of Divorce and Unwed Child Bearing: First-Ever Estimates for the National and for All Fifty States

Family fragmentation costs over the United States $112 billion a year.  One of the surest ways to help our economy, lower our taxes, and put more discretionary income in each household is to keep mothers and fathers together with their children.  While marriage is certainly damaged by divorce and unwed child bearing, redefining the institution only serves to further de-link mothers and fathers from any children they may have. 

In the news

It's Working

Our push to urge Members of Congress to introduce legislation to protect people of faith from governmental persecution for living out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work is working. Thousands of people have reached out to members of Congress urging them to introduce and support the First Amendment Defense Act […][read more]

Eleventh Hour Fight in Illinois

Dear Marriage Supporter, It's hard to believe that the legislature, facing issues like a $100 billion budget shortfall and the corresponding desperately needed pension reform, is spending hours of the taxpayers' time lobbying behind closed doors for same-sex 'marriage'! But even if the legislature didn't have other pressing issues and higher priorities that they were […][read more]

Hawaii, Please Contact Your Legislators Today

Dear Marriage Supporter, We've all been incredibly moved to see the tremendous outpouring of support for marriage at the grassroots level all across the state of Hawaii. The rally last week at the statehouse was incredible — a reported 10,000 people attended! And thousands more have submitted testimony in opposition to SB 1, the proposed […][read more]