If laws or benefit rules create a disincentive for people to marry, the government should look at changing them. It shouldn’t discourage marriage. But a state audit released this week found “little evidence” that such rules significantly influence decisions about whether to marry. Some state lawmakers who are promoting marriage as a solution to societal problems didn’t like that finding and criticized the messenger — the state’s Legislative Division of Post Audit. But the benefits’ impact often is so small that it isn’t a major factor in most marriage decisions. It’s also questionable how healthy and stable a marriage would be if it were based on a benefits chart.
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