Center for Marriage Policy: The Costs of Marriage-Absence


The consequences of marriage-absence to the Nation include:

  • Poverty and across-the-board growth in runaway social entitlement and other spending attempting to artificially reduce the economic consequences of marriage-absence.
  • A shrinking middle class and widening income gap due to transmogrification of two-income families to structurally-weak single-income families.
  • Growing tax burdens and fewer taxpayers, driving class-warfare between rich and poor.
  • Large numbers of single-income, unmarried individuals cannot afford health insurance, resulting in nationalization of the medical care industry.
  • High taxes on businesses and subsequent loss of jobs and factories to foreign soil.
  • Destabilization of the dollar due to high rates of home loan foreclosures, business bankruptcy and consumer loan defaults by economically-weak unmarried households.
  • An overall moral decline affecting our nation at every level.
  • A lack of consistency in legal jurisprudence.
  • A false perception that spending massive sums for in-school parenting, discipline, and remedial education can somehow prepare large numbers of children to do well in school.
  • Migration of large numbers of individuals into underground informal economies of crime and violence stimulated by and adjunct to the welfare-state apparatus.
  • The highest incarceration rates in the industrialized world, at great public expense and loss of productivity.

The consequences of marriage-absence to individuals include:

  • Growing numbers of struggling unmarried mothers requiring costly government husbandry and increasing numbers of unmarried men unable to support two households.
  • A willingness to destroy unborn children and large numbers of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
  • A proliferation of serious and often incurable sexually-transmitted diseases.
  • An increase of child abuse, sexualizing of children, and child neglect.
  • Participation in the underground economies of crime, drugs, gambling, prostitution, perversion, and pornography.
  • Children’s psychological problems, poor school performance, involvement in gangs, the drug culture, teen pregnancy, incarceration, and failure to enter the workforce and advance to higher income levels.
  • Insufficient assets for retirement.
  • Emotional distress and insecurity for adults and children without intact families.