Marriage and Families
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Marriage and Families book
Th is view fl ies in the face of much popular press and political rhetoric. For many social critics and observers, not only is the nuclear family the basic unit of society, but marriage is the fundamental connective tissue in the community. Marriage, to them, is the endangered foundation of a healthy society, whose fragility threatens children and adults as well as the broader community. Welfare reformers, both Republicans and Democrats, emphasize marriage as a route out of poverty for single mothers and a route to responsibility for unmarried fathers. Recent administrations and Congress have redirected millions of dollars to marriage initiatives and incentives, workshops and classes intended to turn the tide back toward marriage. Likewise, many gay and lesbian groups place marriage at the center of their political agenda.