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Reader's View: Some laws penalize marriage

Statistically, children born inside of marriage are far less likely to live in poverty. Too often legislation that is written to "help the poor" translates into marriage penalties. Government assistance is guaranteed to poor mothers so long as pa...

Statistically, children born inside of marriage are far less likely to live in poverty. Too often legislation that is written to "help the poor" translates into marriage penalties. Government assistance is guaranteed to poor mothers so long as parents remain unwed and fathers stay away from the home.

Do the legislators for whom you voted promote strong marriages?

Natural Law demonstrates marriage is between a man and a woman. Natural Law also demonstrates that the father is to provide for and protect the offspring he helped bring into this world. Unfortunately, contemporary society is mesmerized by the unnatural. We exchange that which is natural and honorable for that which is unnatural and dishonorable.

Biological fathers indirectly are encouraged to be absent because Father Government will take care of their newborns, from cradle to grave. The result is these kids suffer. Not only does the cycle of poverty continue, but it spirals downward.

By contrast, children reared in married homes are half as likely to be arrested for juvenile crime, half as likely to be treated for behavioral problems, half as likely to be expelled from school and far less likely to drop out of high school.

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Clearly, it is counterproductive to "help the poor" by incentivizing irresponsibility. The families with fathers who choose to step up, to wed and to work should not be penalized when they are doing what is best for their kids and the wellbeing of the next generation.

Pastor Cory J. Rintala

Ray, Minn.

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