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Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Family Policy Legacy of the Sixties

Contact: Nicole King, 815-964-5819, nicole@profam.org; The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, 815-964-5819, media@worldcongress.org

ROCKFORD, Ill., April 15, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Howard Center for Family, Religion, & Society is pleased to announce the publication of the winter 2015 issue of The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy.  This issue, entitled "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Family Policy Legacy of the Sixties," debates the impact on American families of one of America's most politically and socially radical decades.

Featured in this issue:

  • William C. Duncan, director of the Marriage Law Foundation, traces the history of the Supreme Court's meddling in the institution of marriage, from its formal enlistment in the sexual revolution (with Griswold v. Connecticut) to some of its more recent decisions.
  • Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson, chair of the history department at Bethany Lutheran College and senior editor of The Family in America, outlines the development of no-fault divorce, "America's most enduring oxymoron." How was America transformed from a nation which required a difficult, adversarial procedure to end a marriage, to one in which obtaining a divorce is as easy as buying a car?
  • Paul A. Blanchard, independent writer and consultant, covers one of the most momentous days on the House floor, when segregationists attempting to block the 1964 Civil Rights Act moved to "insert the word 'sex'" and thereby introduced an economic power shift whose unforeseen effects are still felt today.
  • Anne Roback Morse, media coordinator for the Population Research Institute, discusses 1960s America's plunging fertility rates, the result of more effective contraception and a change in desired family size, deliberate pushes to reduce "overpopulation," and even eugenics programs targeting racial minorities and the poor.

Michael Tolhurst reviews Love's Labor Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working-Class Family in America, by Andrew J. Cherlin. Nicole M. King, Family in America managing editor, reviews Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family, by June Carbone and Naomi Cahn.

As always, this issue of The Family in America closes with the ever-popular New Research section, highlighting the scholarship that proves—even when the academics themselves won't admit it—that the natural family is the fundamental social unit in a healthy, functioning society.

The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy is published by The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, parent organization of World Congress of Families.  To schedule an interview or for more information, contact Nicole King at (815) 964-5819 or nicole@profam.org.