Marriage: A Social Justice Issue?
A sociologist quoted in the article says privileged people marry each other, which helps them stay privileged. People tend to marry within their class -- so what? Marriage benefits the "unprivileged," too. One can make a good argument that marriage is better for people in lower socioeconomic classes. Married men work more and earn more. Men who live with their children are more financially and emotionally invested in them. Such children are safer, happier, and better adjusted than children who don't live with their fathers. Children of married parents perform better in school and are at lower risk of delinquency and out-of-wedlock pregnancy
The largest predictor of child poverty is a single-parent household. Family instability, and not racism or bias, has created different classes of children. And since liberals are big on class warfare and social justice, they should wage war on single parenthood and make marriage -- the legal union between one man and one woman -- a social justice issue. In the name of human rights, strongly recommend people marry before having children. Marriage would decrease children's risk of poverty and the social pathologies associated with growing up in a home with no father.
But Democrats face a dilemma. When Rick Santorum said unmarried mothers are the Democrats' base, he wasn't just trying to score political points. In 2008, unmarried women (mothers among them) favored President Barack Obama 66 percent to 34 percent.
Liberals spent years undermining the family. Now Daddy Government has replaced irreplaceable biological fathers, and the result is inequality. The irony is bitter. In the warped world of traditional family opponents, however, it seems a far, far better thing that a woman and her children depend on the government instead of a husband and father.
The solution to reducing inequality isn't more government, but more marriage. Although the government has no power to make people marry before having children, branding marriage a social justice issue might inspire liberals to focus less on social programs and more on that stifling, patriarchal institution called the traditional family.
That irony is sweet.
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