The latest installment in our “New Marriage Conversation” partnership with Huffington Post is a new piece by David Blankenhorn, Amber Lapp and me reacting to President Obama’s call in his State of the Union that we ought to eliminate marriage penalities for low-income Americans.
We write, in part:
Too often in America, debates about marriage have divided us. Here is an example of a marriage reform that could unite us.
Liberals should like this proposal because it increases assets for the poor. Conservatives should like it because it encourages young parents to get married instead of shacking up, and it could reduce welfare dependency over the long term. President Obama often says that our nation’s seniors should not be forced to choose between putting food on the table and getting their prescriptions. Similarly, young mothers like Stephanie should not have to choose between getting married or continuing to feed their children.