The social goods of marriage

The Social Justice Policy Group, one of the groups charged by David Cameron for new thinking, is arguing for the importance of marriage. Its research claims unmarried parents are five times more likely to split up. Author of the research, Harry Benson, argues that “marriages work better than the alternatives.” Chairman of the Policy Group, Iain Duncan Smith, said:

“…the government’s assumption that children’s outcomes are solely dictated by socio-economic factors is wrong. The structure within which they grow up and are nurtured is vital to their well-being.”