…Democrats/Liberals/Progressives…all of 'em! 1.No….not racism and slavery….they originated and supported it, until the Republicans pried their slaves away from them. Not Russia…..they supported Russia, the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin and the communists from FDR on. But….Patriotism, America, the flag, the police, the military, marriage, family, religion, the unborn, … 2. Religion plus family equals marriage. I say it is a central benefit for society….so why “Are Liberals Against Marriage? 3. The continued plunge in the American birthrate, amid prosperity and low unemployment, has finally made fertility a topic that’s O.K. to worry about….there is one key fact about the recent decline in the American fertility rate that inevitably revives, rather than transcends, a long-running right-left argument. 4. … in the aggregate Republicans marry more and divorce less than Democrats, ideological conservatives are much more likely to be married than ideological liberals, and conservatives are more than twice as likely to describe marriage as something “needed” for “strong families.” 5. … look at trends within elite progressivism, I don’t think this gap is likely to soon close. And one does not have to regard liberals as the enemies of marriage, in some crude Leninist sense, to see that this gap matters for how our ideological factions regard the institution’s importance, its future, its place in public policy, its continued diminishment or possible revival. 6. … the question of why marriage has declined so precipitously in the first place still looms over the fertility discussion. And with it comes a longstanding liberal-versus-conservative disagreement about how much to emphasize economic trends versus cultural transformations — or, more tersely, neoliberalism versus cultural liberalism — to explaining the waning of wedlock. 7. “Barr’s recent speech attacking secular liberals is a somewhat different case: Edsall is right that it represents a more simplistic and partisan take, a view from 1980 that blames social liberalism for family breakdown without much nuance and doesn’t take enough account of social, economic and religious trends since. And Barr speaks for plenty of Republicans, which is why Rubio and Hawley have taken a lot of fire for their attempt at a new pro-family synthesis, in previews of post-Trump debates to come. …the right’s why-marriage-declined story is presently contested, complicated, interesting and possibly getting closer to the necessarily complex truth. Are liberals against marriage? | American Enterprise Institute - AEI Next….