The Marriage Gap

Marriage shapes politics? Isn’t that backwards? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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Pollsters tell us that women favored liberal candidates in the last election by wide margins, while men, as a whole, favored more conservative candidates like Governor Romney. But another gap may have affected the outcome of the election even more than the “gender gap.”

According to Jonathan Last in the “The Weekly Standard,” the evidence shows overwhelmingly that single adults vote for candidates and support policies which increase the role of government in everyday life, while most married adults—both men and women, strongly oppose this kind of expansion.

As more people choose cohabitation and marriage declines, they look to government to meet the needs the institution of marriage was designed to meet. This is just another way that politics is downstream from culture. So one way Christians can impact the political process is by working to restore marriage. We need to close the marriage gap. It’s a gap that government will never be able to fill. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

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Jonathan V. Last | The Weekly Standard | December 10, 2012