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June 27, 2013

So you want to defend marriage

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Tonawanda News — OK. That’s fabulous. 

As someone who’s nearly 11 years in to a fairly typical U.S. marriage with a fairly typical U.S. family, I appreciate that. There are a lot of stressors that factor into the reasons marriages fail and families fall apart. I’ve experienced some (still strong, though) and seen others happen to friends and loved ones. No one said making a marriage work was easy.

Here’s how you can help. Really help, not just wave a flag and complain about things that don’t affect you.

You can support better, cheaper health care. There are few greater stress factors for a marriage than health problems, and better health care means more issues dealt with before they can become serious. One of those few greater stressor? Medical bills. You can decide not to go on vacation or out to dinner or not to buy a new TV, but when the hospital slaps you with a $4,000 bill for junior’s lifesaving heart surgery and insurance only pays a tiny fraction of it .... you can’t really say “No thank you.”

You can support better family leave policies: Better maternity leave, better paternity leave, more flexibility for those who have to care for an ill spouse or child or parent. How better to keep families together than to give them a good start, or a little more help when they need it most?

You can support a living wage. Not the measly little increases in minimum wage we see from time to time. The sort of wage that actually makes it possible for parents to see their kids and buy healthy groceries for actual family dinners and maybe even allows for a stay-at-home parent of whichever gender — or at least pays for good childcare when both parents need to work.

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