The Impact of No-Fault Divorce

Marriage has long been considered a binding, serious contract of love, happiness, and commitment between two individuals who promise to cherish and forgive one another.  Couples committed to work out conflicts and adapt to changes in circumstances and personality.  Divorce was seen as a very significant event that often brought pain and unhappiness to many.  Yet attitudes about marriage have dramatically changed.  Many now consider marriage as an institution easily entered into and requiring little commitment and adaptation.  These changing attitudes about marriage also brought about changes in divorce.  Divorce morphed into a common quick-fix band-aid that was sought after any significant trial forced the spouses to rely on their lack of commitment.  These dramatically different divorce laws—called the No-Fault Revolution—have negatively affected so many facets of society.

No-Fault Revolution

History shows that the law regarding grounds for divorce revolved around fault-based policies.  The law required fault such as infidelity, abuse, or drunkenness to be present in one or both spouses in order to grant a divorce.  These laws were created to signify the seriousness of divorce the magnitude of commitment marriage expected from each spouse.  Marriage was not to be entered into lightly and was intended to be a lasting union bringing happiness to each spouse and their children.  (more…)

Pornography Use in Committed Relationships: More than meaning


Very little is known about how pornography use affects the quality of committed relationships.  This study examines associations between pornography use, the meaning people attach to its use, sexual quality and relationship satisfaction.  Participants were (N = 393) couples who were either married or cohabitating at the time the data was gathered.  Overall results indicate that male pornography use—but not female use—is negatively associated with both male and female sexual quality.  This finding is significant above and beyond the meaning individuals attach to its use.  Sexual quality, in turn, is positively associated with relationship quality, and pornography use is found to indirectly influence relationship satisfaction.  Following the discussion of results, implications for couples and practitioners are provided.

Pornography in Committed Relationships

To date, research focused on the effects of pornography on committed relationships is sparse at best (Manning, 2006), and with very few exceptions the existing literature is limited to therapy and sexuality studies.  Non clinical marriage and family scholars have done little if any research in this area.  Yet, there are two consistent findings extant in the pornography research literature that indicate pornography use has repercussions for committed relationships.  (more…)

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Logical Fallacies Used By Courts to Justify Same-Sex Marriage Validate a Slippery Slope


Scholars have dismissed the argument that same-sex marriage will lead to marriage of three or more, saying it is merely the logical fallacy of the “slippery slope.”  They have also offered various arguments against polygamy to show that same-sex marriage is not a slippery slope.  However, none of the arguments against polygamy are very compelling, especially after Lawrence v. Texas, and the polyamory movement renders most of them moot.  Further, state courts that have established same-sex marriage rights have refuted arguments that the central purpose of marriage is related to procreation and child-rearing, as proponents of traditional marriage have argued.  In doing so, these courts have committed logical fallacies that not only justify same-sex marriage, but that also justify marriage of three or more.  Thus, the marriage-of-three argument is a non-fallacious slippery slope because it predicts a likely outcome of an initial action.


Most legally-cognizable arguments defending traditional marriage suggest a link between marriage and both procreation and childrearing.  According to the defendants in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8,  “[t]he central purpose of marriage… had always been to promote naturally procreative sexual relationships and to channel them into stable, enduring unions for the sake of producing and raising the next generation.”[1] Advocates of same-sex marriage often deny this alleged central purpose of marriage and point to other benefits and purposes of marriage to justify their argument that the law may not exclude two men or two women from marrying.  (more…)