The Economist ran a piece this week on the economic impact of marriage. Children who were raised in a two-parent family, for instance, were five times less likely to grow up poor than those who did not.
There is a lot of good evidence here for why the government should devote resources to promoting marriage as an anti-poverty tool. Sadly this idea seems to be prima facie, and quite erroneously, associated with the overzealous religious right. It’s not. The issue at stake is not abortion, pre-marital sex, or same-sex marriages; it is an economic, not ideological argument. And it’s a good one at that.