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National Marriage Week: An Antidote to Child Poverty
Posted By Andrew T. Walker On February 6, 2013 @ 2:03 pm In Family and Religion | No Comments
Today is the start of National Marriage Week , a weeklong campaign to “strengthen marriage, reduce divorce, and promote marriage prior to childbearing.”
Although marriage benefits society in many ways, this year’s National Marriage Week focuses on marriage as the leading antidote to child poverty . A child born and raised outside marriage is six times more likely to experience poverty than a child raised in an intact family.
A four-minute video provides the campaign overview at www.NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org .
National Marriage Week has three main objectives:
It has been long proven that children fare best at every level if they can grow up with both their father and mother.… Since more than 40 percent of U.S. babies today are born out of wedlock, which is the greatest predictor of poverty for women and children, and we have an alarming drop in marriage rates—nearly 80% of all adults were married in 1970, only 52% today—the need is greater than ever for a positive campaign to strengthen marriage.…
We encourage citizens, organizations, and houses of worship to launch marriage strengthening classes and events, list them on the National Calendar at www.NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org ., and for individuals to find an event near them to help their own marriage, or help others.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/bride-groom-wedding.jpg
 National Marriage Week: http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/
 leading antidote to child poverty: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/09/marriage-americas-greatest-weapon-against-child-poverty
 free marriage counseling services: http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/find-events-in-your-area
 Sheila Weber, executive director of the campaign: http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/press20130122
 impact on reducing poverty: http://www.heritage.org/issues/welfare/marriage-and-poverty
 improving social outcomes for children: http://www.heritage.org/issues/family-and-marriage/marriage-and-social-outcomes
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