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Should the state grant benefits linked to marriage?
Marriage allows for a more cohesive family unit, which the state should incentivise.
A small contribution from the government can help struggling young couples get their feet on the ground in life. It allows them to set-up their lives and provide a more secure home if they choose to have children. Ultimately, this all helps make society a happier place.
The legally-recognised nature of marriage can provide people with a sense of
- that they are both committed to a planned future together.
Married couples are better able to raise children.
Married parents are more likely to have planned to have children, whereas research shows that there's a
a pregnancy was unplanned where the parents are cohabiting.
Granting benefits linked to marriage is likely to increase the number of married people, and consequently, the number of divorcees.
Even if two parent homes are better for raising children, the
parents do not have to be married
to create a successful child rearing environment.
A family can be happy and cohesive regardless of a marriage certificate.
The world is heavily
. There should be no incentives given (especially financial ones) to encourage people to reproduce.