Interesting study in the Grauniad - Marriage does little for child development, study finds |Politics |guardian.co.uk -
Not really a surprise - it isn't marriage per se, but the people who tend to get married that has an impact on the development of their children.
Which does suggests that in finding policies to help lift children out of the poverty trap and improve social stability it is not so much finding tax incentives for people to get married, as addressing the wider social, educational, economic and health issues that affect families of all shapes and sizes.
As a Christian I believe in marriage, but recognise that it is only one of a whole tapestry of social strands that build stable individuals, families and communities. And it is the wider social, economic, political and spiritual changes in the life of our nation that has eroded many of these strands in many of our communities.
Once again, it is easy to address the surface issue without going deeper in a hunt for attention grabbing policies.