Encouraging strong marriages is a worthy goal of all nations that are based on democratic principles and a free-market economy. Simply stated, stable marriages promote emotional and physical health, economic security, strong democracies.
In the United States, children in single-parent homes are at higher risk for poverty, illness and crime.
That is why we applaud President Bush's proposal to earmark $100 million in next year's budget for programs aimed at strengthening and encouraging marriage among the poor.
Taxpayers spend billions tackling the turmoil caused by homes in chaos. Why not get the government involved in prevention? The government should eliminate regulations that penalize people for marrying and fund programs that encourage family stability.
We urge ... Congress ... to think creatively and say ''I do'' to Bush's marriage proposal.
-- The News-Sun, Kendallville, Ind.
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