Economically speaking, marriage is not overrated

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  • Ranch Here, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 6:06 a.m.

    @DN Subscriber 2;

    You don't know what you're talking about. Many people are born into circumstances that preclude them from making those "good choices" you rant about. They don't have the opportunities that others have, due to things beyond their control (they come from poor families to begin with, for instance), and not everyone gets good guidance at school, church, home, wherever.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 31, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Marriage alone is not the determining factor.

    Making good choices is the biggest factor. Marriage is a sign that people recognize the value of an intact two parent family prior to having children. Those are also huge factors. Such people are also more likely to take education seriously. And have a good work ethic, and avoid illegal drugs.

    Conversely, folks who disobey laws, ignore education, have poor work ethics, become unwed parents, and decide they can live off welfare on the liberal welfare plantation end up being "losers" compared to the marriage oriented people.

    Bad choices have consequences, as do good choices. Just don't blame other people when an individual makes bad choices. It's not that society is "unfair" but that some people make bad choices.

  • Contrariusier mid-state, TN
    Oct. 31, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    “Among less-educated families, the children of married parents earn about $4,000 more than their peers from non-intact families,” Wilcox writes, eventually concluding that “The intact, two-parent family seems to be particularly important for children hailing from less-privileged homes and a powerful force for economic mobility when it's the family norm at the community level.”

    Yet more evidence of the financial and social harm done by people who try to deny this important family structure to gay couples.

    Marriage is an important tool to increase social stability, financial security, and familial effectiveness. This fact holds true for gay-led families just as much as it does for straight-led families.

    Denying gay couples the right to marry significantly harms them. In contrast, allowing them to marry doesn't harm anyone.

    It's a very simple distinction.