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Ruth Inst. President Testifies for Texas Unilateral Divorce Repeal

April 27, 2021

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Ruth Inst. President Testifies for Texas Unilateral Divorce Repeal

“No government should have a policy of always taking sides with the party who wants the marriage least,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of the Ruth Institute, on April 26, 2021.

Morse was testifying in support of House Bill 3188, filed by Representative Matthew Krause, which would permit "no-fault" divorce in Texas only by mutual consent of spouses.



Morse explained: “Only about one-quarter of divorces take place by mutual consent. Seventy-five per cent of divorces take place against the will of one of the parties.

“One party can drag the other into court and have the assets of the family subject to division.” Also, “The division of custody of the children comes under the jurisdiction and control of the state.”

Morse charged, “The forced division of financial assets and child custody amounts to a serious penalty imposed by the State on a law-abiding citizen, simply at the request of their spouse.” That might mean, for instance, that a party guilty of adultery “could unilaterally end the marriage and have the legal right to contract another marriage with his or her paramour. The law supports the guilty spouse against the innocent spouse.”

The losses to children of divorce are “staggering and well-documented,” Morse said. “One survey of the literature cataloging the harms to the children from divorce includes more than 300 footnotes.”

These children experience diminished academic performance, greater likelihood of drug abuse and suicide, “loss of stability of their relationships with their parents,” inability to trust, and “compromised ability to form stable and satisfying love relationships of their own.”

In conclusion, Morse noted: “These considerations lead me to support an end to unilateral no-fault divorce. No citizen should have the right to unilaterally inflict costs of this magnitude on their spouse and children without a finding of fault.”

Read Morse’s full testimony.

As well as being Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, Morse:

  • Taught economics at Yale and George Mason University for a total of 15 years
  • Is the author of six books on marriage, family and human sexuality, including The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.
  • Has had her writings translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Polish, and Chuukese (the native language of the Micronesian Islands).
  • Was named one of the “Catholic Stars of 2013” on a list that included Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Was the campaign spokesman for California’s Proposition 8, (against the redefinition of marriage) which passed in 2008. California Votes for Prop 8 - WSJ

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

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Ruth Inst. Launches Marriage Project for National Marriage Week

February 4, 2021

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The Ruth Institute is celebrating National Marriage Week, February 7-14, by launching its on-line Marriage Resource Center.“We’re always eager to promote lifelong married love, especially this past year when couples faced so many challenges getting married,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., president and founder of the Ruth Institute.

The Ruth Institute’s celebration of National Marriage Week seeks to inspire people to get married and stay married, by showing them the benefits of marriage to individuals, children, and society at large.

“Marriage is the foundation of civilization, the most reliable social structure for raising helpless bundles of self-centered neediness (namely infants) to become responsible, caring adults.” Morse added, “Children raised by their married biological parents, are better adjusted, better students, and more likely to avoid destructive adolescent behavior, including drugs, alcohol, and crime.”

“More importantly,” Morse continued, “children are entitled to a relationship with both parents, unless an unavoidable tragedy prevents it. Every person, without exception, is entitled to know the identity of their parents, which is the key to knowing their genetic background and cultural and social heritage. Lifelong married love protects these legitimate interests of children.”

The Marriage Resource Center hosts inspiring stories of couples who overcame Covid lockdown obstacles to get married this past year. The Ruth Institute’s celebration will also include interactive posts on their Facebook page, as well as a host of videos and articles.

The Marriage Resource Center provides a helpful Marriage Fact Sheet, interviews with family scholars on the philosophy and theology of marriage, and perhaps most importantly, practical resources to help couples live out their marriage vows.

Morse noted, “The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls families formed through marriage, ‘the natural and fundamental group unit of society,’ which is, ‘entitled to protection by society and the state.’

“Married men and women are healthier, happier, live longer and are more successful than their single counterparts. But sadly, in the United States, marriage is on the decline,” Morse said. “While 70% of American adults were married in 1970, by 2018, that figure had fallen to 50%. Men and women are also marrying later in life and having fewer children – all to the detriment of society.”

Morse concluded, “Without marriage, we become isolated individuals committed only to ourselves, our career, and the latest fads. We invite everyone to join the Ruth Institute in celebrating National Marriage Week.”


Morse made these marriage arguments in her 2001 book, Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact


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