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-Marriage Education Programs ​would [[types_of_premarital_education_programs|teach relationship skills]] to unmarried couples ​at the time of pregnancy ​with the goal of helping couples develop strong, healthy marriages. The programs ​would also provide [[effectiveness_of_marital-skills_training|marriage-skills training]] to low-income married couples to help those couples improve their relationships and avoid marital breakup.+Marriage Education Programs [[types_of_premarital_education_programs|teach relationship skills]] to unmarried couples with the goal of helping couples develop strong, healthy marriages. The programs also provide [[effectiveness_of_marital-skills_training|marriage-skills training]] to low-income married couples to help those couples improve their relationships and avoid marital breakup.
  
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-While much of the opposition to marriage education programs is emotional and ideological,​ some criticism is couched in pragmatic terms. For example, critics assert that either marriages fail to form or fall apart in low-income communities primarily for economic reasons. ​According to this logic, the only way to strengthen marriage is to increase funding for job training and conventional [[marriage_in_welfare_reform|welfare programs]]. +While much of the opposition to marriage education programs is emotional and ideological,​ some criticism is couched in pragmatic terms. For example, critics assert that either marriages fail to form or fall apart in low-income communities primarily for economic reasons. This reasoning is faulty. Aside from the fact that marriage continued to erode as the government spent hundreds of billions of dollars on such programs in the past, the basic premise that low-income marriages fail primarily for economic reasons is inaccurate. A recent survey in Oklahoma asked divorced welfare recipients about the reasons their marriages had failed. The three most common reasons were lack of commitment, too much conflict and arguing, and infidelity.((Oklahoma State University, Bureau for Social Research, //Marriage in Oklahoma//, Oklahoma: (July 2002) 34.
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-This reasoning is faulty. Aside from the fact that marriage continued to erode as the government spent hundreds of billions of dollars on such programs in the past, the basic premise that low-income marriages fail primarily for economic reasons is inaccurate. A recent survey in Oklahoma asked divorced welfare recipients about the reasons their marriages had failed. The three most common reasons were lack of commitment, too much conflict and arguing, and infidelity.((Oklahoma State University, Bureau for Social Research, //Marriage in Oklahoma//, Oklahoma: (July 2002) 34.+
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-This entry draws heavily from [[http://​www.heritage.org/​research/​reports/​2002/​10/​marriage-and-welfare-reform|Marriage and Welfare Reform: The Overwhelming Evidence that Marriage Education Works]].)) These problems are precisely what the marriage-strengthening programs are designed to address.+This entry draws heavily from [[http://​www.heritage.org/​research/​reports/​2002/​10/​marriage-and-welfare-reform|Marriage and Welfare Reform: The Overwhelming Evidence that Marriage Education Works]].)) These problems are precisely what marriage-strengthening programs are designed to address. The social science evidence more than amply demonstrates that marriage programs can and do help couples develop enduring, healthy marriages.
  
-The most common pragmatic charge made by opponents of marriage education initiative is that there is no evidence that marriage-strengthening programs are effective. This charge is untrue. The social science evidence more than amply demonstrates that marriage programs can and do help couples develop enduring, healthy marriages.