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Study: Marriage Reduces Poverty

Marriage and Religion Research Institute’s Patrick Fagan claims if people have children, they need to be married. If they’re not, they’re going to be poor. The U.S. government is not serious about poverty, because if you’re serious about poverty, you’d be serious about restoring marriage among the poor. He did an analysis of the current population survey of all the children in the U.S. who are in poverty. The vast majority of them were in single-mother families. We were able to statistically “marry” the fathers to their mothers. 80% of those kids moved out of poverty. In other words, you‘d reduce 80% of the poverty in the U.S. if you restored marriage. (Citizen Link 12/10/10)

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