DeMint: ‘Marriage Is Our Best Anti-Poverty Program’

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 11:12 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina said on Tuesday that a Supreme Court ruling upholding gay marriage is “power grab that attacks civil society.”

“Those of us who support marriage as it has been since the dawn of time respect the liberty of others to live their lives as they choose,” DeMint, the president-elect of the Heritage Foundation, said in an opinion piece in USA Today. “But governmental redefinition of marriage is a power grab that attacks civil society.

“We cannot hope to limit government if we do not stand up for marriage. Marriage is the foundation of America's cultural stability and economic prosperity.

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“As the Supreme Court considers two cases challenging marriage as the union of a man and a woman, it should resist a ruling that would usurp authority from citizens and their elected officials, which would be the biggest power grab of them all,” DeMint said.

The former Republican senator’s article came a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her support for gay marriage in a similar USA Today piece.

DeMint added that strong families were needed to “hold back the ever-expanding power of government. As the marriage culture weakens, big government grows. Just look how the welfare state has expanded as the unwed childbearing rate has grown from single digits in the 1960s to more than 40 percent today.

“Marriage policy exists to encourage a man and a woman to commit to each other permanently and exclusively as husband and wife and to be father and mother to any children,” he said. “Sound marriage policy strengthens civil society and reduces the role of government.

“The erosion of marriage costs taxpayers,” he added, citing data from the Brookings Institution, which attributed $229 billion in welfare expenditures between 1970 and 1996 to eroding marriages.

“Marriage is our best anti-poverty program,” DeMint said.


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