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Marriage MattersStuart Jones Why do we need marriage? Why do we need a critical mass of married couples in our communities? Author Janice Shaw Crouse writes that happily married persons generally have learned the skills to being good neighbors and citizens. Children growing up with parents who are committed to marriage are likely more secure and tend to treat other children with care and compassion because they have seen it in their home. The virtues learned by working to develop a happy marriage constitute drops of glue which, when multiplied in sufficient numbers, produce a good, healthy, humane social environment for all.