Federal Funding Promotes Healthy Marriages

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The federal government is spending $5 million to promote healthy marriages.

The media campaign will target young adults between the ages of 18 and 30.

The ads are already showing up on popular social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.

The website, TwoofUs.org, gives advise on dating, engagement, marriage and ends with tips on parenting.

Organizers of the campaign say it provides a wealth of useful information for any committed couple. The cost? Just one penny per taxpayer. They say the potential payoff is enormous.

"There is a huge tax burden involved with divorce and non-marital child bearing," said Paul Amato, sociology professor at Penn State University.

The Government and Romance?

Amato is also doing research for the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center's campaign.

"Every year divorce and non-marital child bearing costs us taxpayers over $100 billion a year," he said. "That's year after year after year. That's a lot of money."

Amato said the campaign is not trying to govern romance.

"The government shouldn't be in the job of telling young people what to do with their lives," he said. "Marriage and relationships are very personal decisions. We just want to provide information for people who choose to seek it out."

Bush Administration Funding

Money for the campaign is coming from funds the Bush administration set aside to preserve marriage. The former administration set aside nearly $750 million to fund several programs designed to perserve traditional marriage.

There has been no hint that the Obama administration will attempt to stop the already funded-programs.

Critics of the website say the government shouldn't fund a campaign for marriage when most same-sex couples don't have that option.

"We leave lesbians-gays-transgender communities out of. marriage and they do not get the full federal benefits, while they are the tax payers who helped pay for this Web site," said Melody Drnach, vice president for NOW Action.

Source: Fox News, Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today 

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