• The New Progressive Argument: For Kids, Marriage per se Doesn’t Matter

    Overview
    In this article, professor Bradford Wilcox comments on a study by Howard and Reeves of the Brookings Centre on Children and Families which found that higher income and better parenting helped to account for the much of the positive effect of marriage on children’s success in life. As a result comments such as ‘promote parenting not marriage. Give single parents money and parenting classes’ came up on social media. The idea is that marriage itself doesn’t matter, just having a good income and being a good parent matters.

    Key Points
    Wilcox identifies several flaws in this ‘argument’.
    1. “Marriage ITSELF generates more money and is conducive to better parenting than any of the alternatives.” Married partners are morel likely to stay together than cohabiting couples which are more unstable and therefore worse for kids.
    2. “The government has neither the will nor the ability to erase the income and parenting deficits associated with single parenthood.”
    3. “The deficits associated with single parenthood can be found even in countries like Sweden, that have more generous welfare policies than the US”. Children from single parent families were 78% more likely to be held back in school and were twice as likely to have psychological problems such as depression than those from two parent families

    Conclusion
    ‘The idea that the overwhelming body of research showing that children are more likely to succeed in an intact married family has nothing to do with marriage per se is just not tenable… you cannot easily strip marriage of its constituent parts, such as more money and a supportive parenting environment and imagine that those parts will be as easily produced outside of the very institution that is ordered to their generation and cultivation.. No other institution reliably connects two parents, and their money, talent, and time to their children in the way that marriage does.’

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Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of opposition to your local Member of Parliament if they support same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM)

  2. You have been identified as a supporter of SSM on the ‘Australians for Marriage Equality’ (AME) website. If you do not support SSM, then I urge you to have your name removed from the AME website

  3. If you do indeed support SSM then I will be unable to vote for you at the next election. I will also be unable to vote for ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing. ‘

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

  2. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

SOME POSTCODES MAY SHOW MORE THAN ONE MP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ALL THE MPS SHOWN

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Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of support to your local Member of Parliament if they oppose same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM). It is my understanding that you also support marriage remaining between a man and a woman and I congratulate you for that.

  2. This issue will decide my vote in future elections. If you continue to oppose SSM then I will vote for you.

  3. If you change your position then unfortunately I will be unable to vote for you or ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  2. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

SOME POSTCODES MAY SHOW MORE THAN ONE MP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ALL THE MPS SHOWN

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