Fact Sheet Election 2004
Marriage and Family
Urban Institute
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Marriage is a topic that has both united and divided Americans in 2004. While the Healthy Marriage proposal ("to encourage the formation and maintenance of healthy two parent married families and responsible fatherhood") languishes in the Senate as part of welfare reform's reauthorization, civil unions and same-sex marriage are debated everywhere voters turn. This fact sheet presents data and estimates behind two aspects of the marriage debate--healthy marriage education and same-sex marriage--using Urban Institute research on the well-being of children living with cohabiting, married, and same-sex couples.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Children and youth Sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression
Tags Poverty Family structure Economic well-being LGBTQ+ equity LGBTQ+ youth LGBTQ+ rights and antidiscrimination