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Maggie Gallagher


Maggie Gallagher is president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy (, whose motto is “strengthening marriage for a new generation” and whose unique mission is research and public education on ways that law and public policy can strengthen marriage as a social institution.

Maggie is a nationally syndicated columnist, the author of three books on marriage (including most recently with University of Chicago Prof Linda Waite “The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better-Off Financially”), and a leading voice of the new marriage movement. National Journal included her on the 2004 list of the most influential people in the same-sex marriage debate.

She appears frequently on major TV and radio and is frequently asked to lecture at colleges, universities and law schools. She has testified as an expert witness on marriage before the U.S. Senate and in various state legislatures. Her writings on marriage have appeared in The New York Times, The Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as scholarly journals such as the Louisiana Law Review and the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy.

Maggie is a graduate of Yale (class of ’82). She lives with her husband and two children in Westchester, New York.

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