Benefits Of Marriage

For men, marriage matters primarily because it results in greater health and longer life. Wives cook healthier meals, prompt husbands to visit the doctor, and tame men’s thirst for high-risk activities such as sky-diving and mountain climbing.

For women, marriage provides greater wealth and a permanent partner to share the parenting burden. One of the greatest predictors of poverty in America is single motherhood, whether the result of divorce or of never being married. In fact, female-headed families are 5 times as likely as married-couple families to be in poverty.

Marriage matters whether you’re a man or a woman! The single greatest benefit for men is health; the single greatest benefit for women is wealth.

For the paired couple, marriage results in greater happiness, greater physical safety (i.e., less domestic violence), better mental health, and a more satisfying sex life than is true of any comparable group (the never-married, dating, cohabiting, or divorced). We are led to believe otherwise by the media, but the data confirm these facts. Research repeatedly shows those most sexually satisfied are married people.

For children, marriage provides a host of benefits. For example, children raised by their married, biological parents are less likely to be in poverty, become pregnant or have a child out of wedlock, experience physical or sexual abuse, or have a criminal record. And they are more likely to experience educational success, including graduating from college, and to achieve a high status job in their adult years.

For singles, perhaps surprisingly, marriage also provides benefits. “Political correctness” has misled us at this point; we fear we will “hurt” someone if we talk about marriage among the unmarried. But here’s the good news: marriage benefits singles, too. How? Single people rely on marriage in their communities to provide a stable neighborhood and society and to provide friends and neighbors who can lend a helping hand. It’s typically married men who have the extra time, the learned skills, the needed tools, and the available resources to help the single neighbor or friend with yard work, home repairs, or a host of other tasks. Yes, even the unmarried reap significant benefits from a society that values marriage.

And for society at large, marriage matters because it reduces crime, poverty, and welfare; while promoting health, education, and financial independence.

Simply put, everybody wins when marriages are strong. Marriage is a public good in that it civilizes and elevates all of society. So this is not a narrow, special interest topic that we need to sheepishly justify. Honest and responsible people who look at the data agree – men, women, couples, children, singles, and society as a whole all benefit when the institution of marriage is honored. It’s time to come back to our senses. It’s time to reclaim some lost territory. Marriage is an extraordinary public good!