There could soon be an influx of couples searching for their perfect wedding reception venue, after a leading Cabinet minister said today that the government should be actively championing families.
According to The Telegraph, it’s the coalition’s clearest pro-marriage intervention since the government was formed.
Iain Duncan Smith, secretary of state for work and pensions, said: “We do a disservice to society if we ignore the evidence which shows that stable families tend to be associated with better outcomes for children. There are few more powerful tools for promoting stability than the institution of marriage.”
He said that the government’s failure to promote the benefits of marriage – for fear of stigmatising people who choose not to marry – is “absurd and damaging”. Mr Duncan Smith also warned that people on low incomes often feel encouraged to stay single but live together because they will lose benefits if they marry.
“Fashionably dismissed or taken for granted, the commitment of two people to put selfish interest to one side for the sake of each other and the children they raise is simply the very best of us as human beings,” he said.
“Furthermore, marriage is perhaps the best antidote to the celebrity, self-obsessed culture we live in, for it is about understanding that our true value is lastingly expressed through the lives of others we commit to.”