Sunday, January 29, 2006

Benefits of Marriage

Saw this from the Center for Arizona Policy on the benefits of marriage.

An Ohio State University researcher has shown that individuals who remain married accumulate almost double the amount of wealth in their lives as single or divorced people. Divorce comes at a huge cost – instead of cutting wealth in half, divorced individuals on average end up losing about three-quarters of their assets. The study reinforces our conclusion that marriage makes the most secure environment for raising children.

You know what? I agree! Which is why I think it's unconscionable to exclude certain people from these benefits. Where in the study does it prove that these benefits are only there if the couple in question is a man and a woman? Why are we allowing families, especially with children, to be unprotected from others ripping them apart? If we believe marriage stabilizes society, then let's not stop people from entering into this stabilizing relationship if they so choose.


At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent, and obvious, point, Bad Methodist.
The only thing is, it should be morally reprehensible NOT to offer the stability and benefits that marriage/domestic partnerships offer TO FAMILIES THAT ALREADY EXIST. --adam schenck


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