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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - William J. Doherty
Some 74 family and marriage specialists appealed Tuesday for an end to the fighting over gay marriage, saying both gay and straight marriage-supporters are needed to address the breakdown in America's marriage culture.
America's marriage culture may be changing, but two statistics look about the same as they did 30 years ago.
A letter warning a spouse that divorce could be imminent, a "cooling off" period and classes on reconciliation are parts of a model legislation package aimed at helping troubled couples avoid "preventable" divorce.
Despite the generally stable divorce rate, there's been an important underlying shift in it, said William J. Doherty, professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project, which is examining ways distressed couples can reconcile.
That suggests that college graduates "have figured out how to 'do marriage' in this century," said Mr. Doherty.