Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Marriage ain't what it use to be in the UK

Katherine Hepburn once said, “If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.” “Hepburn, a woman ahead of her time could’ve been addressing the present day state of marriage.

Marriage isn’t what it use to be. 50 years ago not being married was social pariah. Today, according to The Observer over 40 per cent of births are outside marriage and marriage rates in the UK are at their lowest in 160 years ago.

The UK government has eroded, If inadvertently, at the foundation of marriage by removing privileges and re-dispersing them. Previous benefits system, granted higher allowance to two parent families, but the latest model denies the need for a second adult in a child’s life.

Policy makers could switch back to awarding couples, but it appears awarding one means taking away from the other.

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