Advocates: Marriage Good for Children and Taxpayers

by | Feb 8, 2010 | Charisma Archive

Traditional marriage is not only good for children, it’s
good for taxpayers.

So say traditional marriage advocates who are participating
in a weeklong initiative aimed at promoting marriage. The leaders of National
Marriage Week
, which began Sunday and runs through Feb. 14, say building a
“marriage culture” helps curtail poverty and the fatherlessness that influences
high incarceration rates.

“The alarming drop in marriage rates in America combined
with high divorce rates are costly to the nation-financially costly to
taxpayers and individuals, and emotionally costly to children,” said Chuck
Stetson, chairman of National Marriage Week USA. “The nation needs to pay
attention.”

The group points to research that shows single mothers have
lower household incomes than married couples, children from two-parent homes
have higher graduation rates and that a majority of juvenile and adult inmates
come from fatherless homes.

“Marriage works,” said Sheila Weber, executive director of
National Marriage Week. “Research shows that marriage makes people happier,
live longer, and build more economic security.”

National Marriage Week leaders point to a 2008 study by the Institute for American Values that found divorce and unwed childbearing costs U.S. taxpayers $112 billion a year because of increased federal expenditures on antipoverty, criminal
justice and education programs.

“There is a definite
economic impact when we allow marriages to fail and unwed parenthood to grow,
and taxpayers see that in the budget when they see the expenditures for Health
and Human Services and the Department of Justice,” said
New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Karen Testerman, who participated in a press conference
Monday morning to kick off National Marriage Week activities in her state.

“I think it’s really
important that we look at not bandaging all of the fallout from fractured
families, but we start looking at what’s causing the bleeding in the first
place and start to address that,” she added.

Governors in Georgia
and Utah have recognized the week.

In addition to raising awareness of the benefits of
marriage, campaign leaders seek to mobilize churches to support marriage through activities such as youth dating
seminars, marriage preparation classes for singles and weekend marriage
conferences for couples.

Organizers also are spearheading a petition drive to protect
the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of gay
marriage.

The campaign culminates
Sunday with special marriage week services being held in churches nationwide.

Originally hosted by a group known as Smart Marriages, the
marriage week is being sponsored this year by the Let’s Strengthen Marriage
campaign, which recently held a webinar aimed at challenging church
leaders to lead a “marriage revival” in the U.S. 

The week, which has been marked in Europe for several years,
has been endorsed by the Family Research Council; Prison Fellowship founder Charles
Colson; Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of the Stand4Marriage DC Coalition; and
the Rev. Sammy Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian
Leadership Conference.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

All of us at some point will hit a place of getting the wind knocked out of us. We all experience unexpected detours and times when there seems to be no way out. But there is One who lives in us, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to overcome obstacles....

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Whether it is the Spirit leading or forbidding in the book of Acts, or the Spirit leading throughout Christian history, it’s clear that the leading of the Spirit is important. In the Old Testament, it appears that the Spirit of God could be withdrawn completely from...

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

God says that during this season, He is turning up the heat, finding the gold and bringing His refining fire. Job makes a powerful statement of faith as he says of the Lord, "When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." God knew Job's heart and Job knew the heart...

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

In 1971, I was invited to spend one month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. It was still in the formative stages then—a place where Asian church leaders would be trained and challenged to witness for Christ. Today, more than 40...

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

RECENT ARTICLES

Prophecy: A Window of Time Has Opened for Believers to Preach the Truth

I was rejoicing and praising God on Friday, June 24, 2022, for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, knowing that an ungodly decree was overturned and one national curse was broken. I heard by the Holy...
The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

In 1998, God gave me a life-changing vision of hell. I receive many questions about my experience from people all over the world, but one question I'm often asked is, "Who did you see in hell?" There are others who say they've had an experience like mine, and they...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Pin It on Pinterest