Is marriage the best defense against poverty?
Is marriage in America disappearing?
- Duration 4:16
- Date Feb 16, 2013
Is marriage in America disappearing?
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-- marriage solve the nation's problems of violence and can also be the answer -- ending poverty according to the US Census Bureau being raised -- married.
Family reduces child's probability of living in a poor household by more than 80%.
She'll -- executive director of national marriage week USA and she joins us here -- -- slot for coming on thank -- 80% I mean there is no government program that comes -- -- close to that that is a remarkable number right and the Brookings Institution says if we had the marriage rates today that we had in 1970 there would be -- 25% drop in property Brookings being a right wing evangelical.
I don't know it's a liberal think tank and I think this is an area where the left and the right can come together that marriage is an effective anti poverty program.
And for example in 1970.
Almost 80% of all the adults in America we're married and now that's down to 52% so we have a huge loss in the practice of marriage is it just cause -- marriage here to encompass helping the household help the children or is there more to marriage -- that.
There's there's more to marriage that although.
We want to get sort out their huge benefits marriage does bring you more individual financial stability more financial stability for your your household and for the nation they're huge.
Cost attached to.
The decline of marriage.
But it's it's really about the children for the outcome of the child so children.
Performed much better in school have less trouble with the law less addiction less teen pregnancy if you really want to give your children the advantage.
Marriages the police to give them the advantage and we do we don't want this to be.
My campaign that makes anybody feel guilty -- whiners it really was to vilify any single -- so I'm now the only option -- -- in the best option for their circumstance we have people find more success and so national marriage week USA has in a few years already grown to where we -- a thousand events across the country this this year which.
Where marriage education events we'd like to see that become tens of thousands when we believe that if you we've had effective campaigns for anti smoking and recycling an exercise.
Why can't we have a campaign to promote the benefits of marriage.
And also get the word out that you.
There -- things you can do to have more success is be -- if if the country's political leaders bought into this you say the loss of marriage has led to a decline in the nation's.
Marital skills -- sent -- yes it's a loss of modeling actually I just.
A few weeks ago spoke with very privileged 23 year old young woman who says.
She and her friends think that they don't really know what a good marriage looks and feels like because they came from broken homes.
And I thought that was pretty remarkable but really the responsibility is also pop culture there aren't a lot of really great funny brand gazans it comes in stuff -- -- Obama you know we have the celebrities who -- -- unwed parenthood but they have millions of dollars and they don't realize.
That they -- modeling something for people who live paycheck to paycheck and that's not the best situation for them and partly because political correctness suggests that there are some that somehow wrong.
To endorse marriage is superior lifestyle well 41%.
Of all American babies today -- outside of wedlock and that.
We should all be concerned because it's affecting the next generation.
Whether they have modeling and they're gonna have skills to have healthy marriages and then pass them on but it it it disadvantages children are.
Messages that we want to help people break the cycle of poverty.
The -- if you if you graduate from high school work full time and postpone marriage and childbearing until after the -- when he -- you have only 2% chance of being in poverty.
If you don't do those three things 277%.
Chance of being a poverty.
So this -- an effort toward compassion helping people break the cycle of poverty.
Give -- -- to their children.
And we want to get the word out that we have resources for how to.
Help people is nearing crisis in their marriage they should.
Realize that people do overcome these -- there are stories of healing and reconciliation.
And it's so worth it it's so worth the effort to -- point and it's national marriage week USA people go there and find out more information yes she'll never thanks so much for me thinking that she was --