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Red Families v. Blue FamiliesLegal Polarization and the Creation of Culture$
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Naomi Cahn and June Carbone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199836819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199836819.001.0001

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The Marrying Laws

The Marrying Laws

(p.117) Chapter 8 The Marrying Laws
Red Families v. Blue Families

Naomi Cahn

June Carbone

Oxford University Press

Marriage has always been a pivotal element in the American culture as evidenced by only 10 percent of Americans who think that marriage is “out-dated”. Throughout the years, the American institution of marriage has undergone some radical changes. This chapter discusses these changes such as part of shaping the red and blue perspectives, along with the various statistics of when people marry and the probability of who will marry and stay married. It also presents some legal regulations pertaining to which people are allowed to marry, divorce policies, and what difference can marriage make in developing a family structure. The comprehensive nature of the changes in the marriage rate is being largely recognized, the argument lies within the interpretation of these changes and how to react to them accordingly.

Keywords:   marriage, marriage law, blue family paradigm, red family paradigm, marital rates, same-sex marriage, divorce policies, family structure

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