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Published on September 28th, 2013 | by Parenting Solo


David Cameron: Married couples are less likely to break up

Image: David Cameron/Twitter

David Cameron has said that marriage is ‘a good thing for our country’ and that his own wedding was the happiest day of his life.

Writing in the Mail, the PM said that marriage made him and his wife Samantha ‘a team’, and that he believed matrimony was a ‘declaration of commitment, responsibility and stability that helps to bind families’, but acknowledged that ‘there are people across the country who have never married and are just as committed to each other’.

Mr Cameron was writing ahead of next week’s Conservative Party conference,  where he will unveil plans for tax breaks for married couples.

He said that despite knowing that ‘sadly too many marriages come to an end’, his party supported marriage as ‘something which we know can help keep families together’.

“There is good evidence about the positive role that marriage can play: study upon study has shown that families with married couples are less likely to break up,” he wrote.

He added there were ‘many studies about the cost of family breakdown’ and said he was not ‘for one minute arguing that marriage is a panacea, of course it isn’t’.

On single parent families, he said: “So let’s address a few of the myths that are likely are to spring up. This is not about stigmatising unmarried people or single parents: as I’ve already said, you don’t have to be married to have a family life that is rock solid – and we support all families through the tax and benefits system.”

“All we’re saying is that marriage is a good thing for our country – it’s the ultimate form of commitment under the law – and we want to show our support for it.”

Tweeting about the married couple’s tax breaks, Mr Cameron wrote: ‘The £1000 marriage tax allowance will apply to straight and gay couples, as well as civil partners. Love is love, commitment is commitment’.




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