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The Necessity of Marriage

Recorded on September 25, 2003

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

It has been just a little over seven years since President Clinton signed into law the historic 1996 welfare reform legislation, and already we have reduced welfare caseloads by more than half. For many years, research has shown that the most effective way to reduce child poverty and increase child wellbeing is to increase the number of stable, productive marriages. Given the ocean of data that proves the importance of marriage for the good of individuals and society - particularly low-income communities - government can't afford to be neutral. The Administration and Congress are working on solutions to promote healthy marriage. We invite you to join Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) as he talks about The Necessity of Marriage.