Thread on a new report that I helped write and research. We argue that family policy in the US needs to shift from "marriage fundamentalism" to "family justice." /1
In fact my org wrote an entire report documenting how centrists and liberals have helped conservatives promote the supremacy of the married family to the detriment of historically marginalized people & progressive policy goals. Its here 2/
A new report, The Case Against Marriage Fundamentalism, calls for us to #RejectMarriageFundamentalism and #EmbraceFamilyJustice for ALL families
Great new report from Family justice requires that we acknowledge and support ALL families. #EmbraceFamilyJustice
Read 's report here for more: . I suspect is well-intentioned and wants to defend liberals, but he's using the conservative playbook and framing that has long enabled shaming and blaming of marginalized families. 3/
Family Justice=respecting the equal value & legitimacy of different kinds of family arrangements, rejecting the idea that families types should be ranked. Important & useful approach from #EmbraceFamilyJustice
Family justice requires that we acknowledge and support ALL families. Download new report now #EmbraceFamilyJustice
Media publish a lot of bad think-tank stuff, in part for "balance." And third-way liberal types at the NYT & Brookings hold views on the marriage that tend to overlap with those held by social conservatives—Wilcox has become a kind of favorite of theirs.
The Case Against Marriage Fundamentalism: Embracing Family Justice For All Great work from
“conservatives, with help from centrists and liberals, have promoted the supremacy of the married family to the detriment of historically marginalized people and progressive policy goals”
Similarly, marriage fundamentalists have made marriage a kind of theory of everything when it comes to child well-being. But as this report documents, the evidence is quite mixed, something the has also acknowledged.
Speaking as a Senior Research Fellow at , and somebody who has spent most of my career in DC think tank world (including CBPP and CAP), Dave's work is very policy relevant. I mostly recently cited in this new report on family policy
see also: concluding chapter, For Family Justice, of report on Marriage Fundamentalism/Family Justice: we stand ready to do a "consensus" report with Brookings 😜