Many don’t think they can afford to marry
Defenders of marriage against homosexuals are ignoring a bigger threat: money.
While a few same-sex couples are demanding the right to wed, heterosexual couples are avoiding marriage by the millions.
Married couples with children now account for fewer than one in every four American households, The Washington Post reports. Other couples are having children but not getting married.
“The culture is shifting and marriage has almost become a luxury item, one that only the well-educated and well-paid are interested in,” said marriage expert Isabel V. Sawhill of the Brookings Institution. Demographers relate the marriage gap to the erosion since 1970 of the broad-based economic prosperity that came after World War II.
Those who want to promote family values need to show more people how to make marriage affordable. Church people and other volunteers can help here, and government can make taxes family-friendly. Families have fewer lobbyists and campaign contributors than corporations, so businesses get most tax breaks.
Gov. Bob Riley rightfully called Alabama’s income taxes on low-income families immoral before achieving a modest change last year. Now he wants to extend that tax reform, providing Alabama legislators an opportunity to promote marriage.