Marriage & Family

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The Issue and its Facts

Healthy marriages are the foundation of society. The rise of many challenges facing America today – increased crime, poverty, drug abuse and high school dropouts – parallels a decline in our nation’s marriage rate.

Today more Americans are marrying later, and having more children out of wedlock, than ever before. These trends have tragic implications for our society’s future. A child growing up in a married family is 82% less likely to grow up in poverty.

The Pop Culture Perspective

Pop culture tells us to be independent. Relationships are meant to be fun, and we deserve fulfillment. If a relationship is not fulfilling, we should move on. Divorce was common in the 1970s and 1980s, and many children from those families have little faith in the institution of marriage, or believe marriage is permanent. Millennials take it to another level, opting to live together without marriage as a prerequisite.

The Pro-Marriage Perspective

Strong marriages as having a host of benefits – financially, physically, emotionally and morally.

Decades of research leaves no doubt that children who grow up in a single-parent family have a more challenging path through life than children who grow up in a healthy, two-parent household.

Knowing that the decline of marriage and healthy families contributes to increased crime, poverty, welfare spending, behavioral problems, and workforce development means that as a culture, we can be more direct about pushing a solution.

Solutions to turn the tide and improve the role of healthy marriages in putting America back on the right track exist include:

  1. Tax reform to remove marriage penalties
  2. Increased marriage education, especially in low-income communities.

Knowing the impact of strong marriages and healthy families, and the dire consequences for communities when they are absent, gives us two stark paths for Americans to consider. One path leads to increased poverty and challenges raising children. The other leads to better health, education outcomes, and careers.

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Which America do you want for your children?

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