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Maggie Gallagher

Author and nationally syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher is perhaps best known for her sharp, right-leaning social policy analysis of social trends and conditions in the United States and abroad.

Gallagher is a leading voice in the emerging marriage movement who writes, lectures and appears on television frequently to offer her opinion. She recently appeared on CNN, CNN-International, and the "Jim Lehrer News Hour" to discuss same-sex marriage, and her article on gay marriage recently ran as the cover story in The Weekly Standard.

Her newspaper column has been distributed by Universal Press Syndicate since 1995. The column frequently addresses marriage and marriage-related issues (as do her books), but she also casts a probing eye on such social issues as these: an American society failing children and teenagers, stem-cell research, the desperate need for good teachers, controversy surrounding shielding rape victims from identification in the news media, and the difficulties faced by dual-armed services couples.

A former editor at the National Review, Gallagher also follows closely the release of studies of social trends from a large number of think tanks and institutions devoted to such research and includes the information in her columns. She has been a columnist at New York Newsday and a founding senior editor at the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, and currently offers commentary on newsboom.com.

Her most recent book is The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially (Doubleday, 2000), which she co-authored with University of Chicago Professor Linda J. Waite. National television and radio coverage of this important book included "Good Morning America," "Extra!," "NBC Nightly News," "ABC World News Now," "The Early Show on CBS" and "The O'Reilly Factor."

Gallagher is the author of three marriage books and the principal drafter of The Marriage Movement: A Statement of Principles, a document signed by more than 100 prominent scholars and civic leaders.

Editor of MarriageDebate.com, a new blogzine dedicated to debating same-sex marriage and described as a relentlessly honest look at all sides of the same-sex marriage question, she is also president of the newly-founded nonprofit, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy (iMAPP). iMAPP conducts research and educates the public on issues relating to marriage, family and child well-being.

A graduate of Yale ('82) and a native of Portland, Ore., Gallagher lives in Westchester County, N.Y., with her husband and two children.