Happy Valentine’s Day!

Red RosesHappy Valentine’s Day! You may be aware
of the personal benefits of marriage, but I thought you might be interested in knowing a few of its documented beneficial effects on society.

From The Heritage Foundation:

…married families tend to have better financial health, increased savings, and greater social mobility than unmarried households….

Tying the knot can likewise have a profoundly positive effect on men’s and women’s psychological well-being, stress levels, and smoking habits. Marriage is even associated with lower mortality rates.

Children raised in families headed by a married couple have a greater chance of experiencing economic stability, high academic performance, and emotional maturity. Teens from intact, married families are less likely to be sexually active and also less likely to abuse drugs and/or alcohol, exhibit poor social behaviors, or participate in violent crimes….

The Marriage and Religion Research Institute released statistics earlier this week on the benefits of an intact married family in which children grow up with both birth parents. From the section titled Influence on Public Policy Metrics:

Benefits of family intactness compared with benefits of education

Public policy assumes, and needs no persuasion, that education attainment is a good to be promoted. The same assumption does not hold for family intactness. However:

  • Family intactness always has a beneficial influence on the outcomes measured.
  • Family intactness is roughly as important as high school education and more important than college education in influencing outcomes of public policy interest.

Influence of family intactness on need & dependency

  • Family intactness is the most important factor (or shares the place of greatest importance) in determining an area’s dependence on welfare programs that target organic poverty:
    • Receipt of food stamps,
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and state welfare transfers,
    • Supplemental Security Income transfers, and
    • Prime-age adult public healthcare recipiency.
  • Family intactness has the second-largest influence on overall diminishment of prime-age female, and child, poverty.
  • Family intactness has the strongest attenuating influence on teenage out-of-wedlock birth, itself a source of economic hardship.

Now considering that family intactness is as beneficial as education, if not more so, in influencing outcomes of public policy interest, don’t you think supporting and defending marriage and family structure should be a higher priority for government than, say, new educational spending and regulations?

And don’t you think discussing the importance of a mom and dad who love each other and are committed to each other in marriage should take center stage in a State of the Union message?

And don’t you think logical public policy would entail doing everything possible to support marriage and parents?

What better way to actually uphold that phrase in the Constitution’s Preamble—promote the general welfare?

Just a few thoughts.

Happy Valentine’s!
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Cropped from Red Roses by Sasukekun22: GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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1 Comment

  1. Since the children of divorced parents are themselves statistically more likely to resort to divorce when things get tough, it would seem intuitively to be a correlary that children of parents who stay together through it all would also be better-equipped to keep their own marriages going as life’s difficulties occur. And that would be a beautiful heritage!

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