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Should Government Promote Healthy Marriages?

Publication Year: 
2002
Personal Author: 
Lerman, Robert.
Information Packet or Sheet
Page Count: 
2

Deploying government funds to encourage marriage has sparked heated debate. According to proponents, informing people of marriage's long-term benefits, encouraging them to marry, and providing relationship tools will reduce poverty and family instability. According to critics, marriage promotion oversteps government's bounds, could divert TANF funds to non-welfare programs, and detracts attention from a more pressing problem--early childbearing. Critics also question whether poor women will see economic gains and whether policy induced marriages might increase domestic violence among financially strapped couples.

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