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The Federal Government’s Marriage Education Initiative

Just over 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce. Starting with a 2006 Bush-era initiative, the federal government has spent more than a half-billion dollars on marriage education programs, many of them run by churches, hoping to improve the statistics by improving couples’ communication and conflict-management skills. The hope is that improving marriage stability will reduce family poverty and, thus, demands on public services. In an eight-minute news video prepared for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, correspondent Saul Gonzalez explores the pros and cons of the federally funded marriage education effort.

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