The National Marriage Project

Based at Rutgers University, the National Marriage Project was founded in 1997 and has taken a leading role in attracting attention for its marriage-only agenda. Though the Project describes itself as a “nonpartisan, nonsectarian, and interdisciplinary initiative,” its reports misrepresent social science research in a politicized attempt to argue that marriage is the only acceptable way to form a relationship or a family.

Our Articles

Ten Problems (Plus One Bonus Problem) With The National Marriage Project’s Cohabitation Report
Versions of our response to the National Marriage Project’s 1999 report have been reprinted in several college textbooks, including the eighth edition of the popular series Taking Sides. A reporter writing an article for showed our article to four prominent sociologists, and all agreed that our criticisms hit the mark.

Marriage-Only Forces Don’t Help Today’s Families
This article appeared in Sojourner: The Women’s Forum. It provides an in-depth analysis of the National Marriage Project its founders, David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead.