Resources: 2012 State of Our Unions

The President's Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent

This new report from the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values outlines the present marriage and family crisis in the nation, and makes several policy suggestions for the President and Congress.

These policy suggestions include: ending the marriage penalty, increasing the child tax credit, helping young men become marriageable men, ending anonymous fatherhood, a “Second Chances Act,” requiring premarital education for men and women forming stepfamilies, engaging Hollywood and the mass media, and launching community-oriented campaigns about the benefits of marriage.

The report is coauthored by Elizabeth Marquardt, Brad Wilcox, David Blankenhorn, Robert I. Lerman and Linda Malone-Colon.

For answers to these questions, see the full report.