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An Historical Primer on Alliance For Marriage

Looking back on the mission and its goals

The Alliance for Marriage (AFM) was a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and education organization committed to upholding marriage and addressing the deep-rooted issue of fatherless families across the United States. AFM existed to educate the public, the media, elected officials, and civil society leaders on the benefits of marriage for children, adults, and society. AFM also existed to promote reforms designed to strengthen the institution of marriage and restore a culture of married fatherhood in America.

The Alliance for Marriage was committed to supporting the following public policy and civil society reforms:


Reduce the tax burden on married families with children.

Make adoption affordable for more married couples by providing increased tax incentives for adoption.

Require counseling aimed at reconciling married couples, to be offered for wives and husbands considering a divorce in families with children before a divorce is granted.

Eliminate all federal and state-level welfare laws which act to disadvantage welfare recipients in marriage.

Fund public education campaigns emphasizing the importance of marriage and married fatherhood to the well-being of both children and adults.

Support community efforts that encourage fathers to commit to their children and families through marriage.


The media should offer more positive portrayals of marriage and married fatherhood which accurately reflect the positive influence of marriage on the lives of adults and children.

Educational institutions, including secondary schools and colleges, should adopt curricula and textbooks which accurately describe the benefits of marriage for adults, children and society.

Clergy should voluntarily enter into agreements to require a minimum level of pre-marital counseling prior to performing a wedding. When adopted by clergy in a given geographic area, such agreements tend to increase the percentage of couples who participate in pre-marital counseling.

Businesses should do more to voluntarily help strengthen their employees’ marriages, including offering flex-time, job-sharing, and home-based work options.

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