Rebecca Burns, In These Times, 1/31/2013
The New York Times has an interesting article about the Institute for American Values' "Call for a New Conversation on Marriage," which it released today. A letter signed by 74 academics, activists and writers, the "call" ostensibly renounces the culture war in favor of a new, pro-marriage coalition that will involve gay and straight proponents alike... This conversation about marriage and "thrift," in fact, is an old one. In the 90s, the debate over welfare reform centered not on how to reduce poverty, but how to reverse the decline of the two-parent family – including the question of whether Congress could compel states to spend part of their welfare budgets on "pro-marriage activities."