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Should the Government Be Advertising Marriage?

At first, I laughed at these marriage ads — turn me into we! — from Utah. The state is about 60 percent Mormon, so it's no surprise there are ads extolling the virtues of marriage. But who is paying for them? Not the Mormon church and not an eccentric wealthy person; Stronger Marriage, an organization funded by Utah State University, is.

Surely, it must be an anomaly known only to the most conservative states? Nope. Last year the federal government launched a $5 million campaign for marriage targeted at 18-30 year olds. The ads were placed on Facebook, YouTube, radio talk shows, magazines, and public transportation. The creators say the aim was not to tell people to get married, but to start a national conversation about it.

Should the government be concerned with our marriages, or should it worry about its own church-state separation?

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totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I think that in the legal sense marriage is important, is a way to protect yourself and your patrimony. I knew a lady that never got marry and she sacrificed a lot for him, and when he left her she was unprotected, at least with marriage you have some legal rights after the divorce. Marriage does brings some protection and benefits in the legal sense.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
What ? Where do they get off spending 5 million bucks to tell people what to do with their lives ? No, seriously, somebody tell me what is it about everyone getting married that is so great for the government. I feel like I should know this one. :?
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I agree with the last two comments. If marriage is THAT important, they should allow everyone to do it.
ikimashokie ikimashokie 7 years
They should only comment/advertise/promote if they left everyone do it.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
Yes. Marriage is an important institution. The point of it (primarily in our culture) seems to be to ensure someone has a free psychiatrist and caregiver to grow old with. Love and sex also keep you healthy and strong, so it's less of a "burden" on the health care system than a bunch of unmarried people. Plus there are a lot of legal benefits that ultimately help everyone as well. But if they are advertising marriage, they had better step up the process of getting gay marriage legalized everywhere in the US.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Well since government is in the business of marriage then I suppose it's alright with me. What I can't stand though is marriage being taught in school regardless of perspective on the matter.
Jmartens Jmartens 7 years
So what goes in the box on the right side of the image?
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I don't care if people get long as it's not me.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
I was wondering who funded these commercials. I see them all the time....
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
I agree xgreenfairyx - I was going to post the same thing! My husband and I were married last year, 11 years to the day we started dating, and in that time a few of our friends got married and then got divorced. Marriage IS a piece of paper - I would have stayed with my then-boyfriend forever, license or no license. There are long term relationships that never turn into marriage that last for decades. So the whole "strength in marriage" message is really a myth perpetuated by those who think they know better.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
You know, I think there are some people out there that take marriage too lightly, and don't get to know their partner well enough before they get engaged, and then don't put enough effort in once their married. A marriage is a relationship- it takes work. And it's a lot sloppier to break up when you're married than when you're just dating.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Marriage IS just a piece of paper. And I'm legally married, don't have kids, and don't plan on changing husbands like I change my socks. If you're the kind of person who believes in the 'magic' of marriage, (i.e., everything is suddenly perfect and right with the world once you get a ring on your finger) I say THAT is incredibly stupid. I worked on my relationship for ten years, and the only way I could live the way that I wanted to with my dude was because his government FORCED us to get married. We're together because we WANT to, not because of a shred of meaningless paper. Get your priorities straight first, and be a thinking, rational adult....THAT is what helps solve problems. Not marriage. Sheesh.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i'm cool with marriage and the government promoting it, i think marriage is great. committment is awesome, and it really means something. however, we need equal rights for all, so if they are promoting marriage it shouldn't be simply between a woman and a man. there should be equal rights for same sex couples who wish to commit to each other for life.
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