Our Marriage Policy

Marriage Policy

"Marriage creates the environment in which children are best able to flourish and feel secure." – Rod McGarvie, Federal Senate Candidate for Queensland

Marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman. Family First is committed to promoting policies that support marriage and hold families together.

  • Family First believes that marriage is an important social good, associated with a wide range  of positive outcomes for children and adults alike.
  • Marriage is also an important public good, associated with a range  of economic, health, educational, and safety benefits that help local, state, and federal governments serve the common good.
  • Family First promotes and supports marriage over de facto cohabitation.
  • Family First places a high value on marriage as the commitment which forms a foundation for the development of stable and nurturing families.
  • We believe that marriage at its essence and by definition is between a man and a woman  to the exclusion of others  for life.
  • Family First will oppose any legislation  it considers will harm or diminish the institution of marriage and will support programs, activities and initiatives that seek to strengthen and promote the benefits to society and individuals of strong healthy marriages.
  • Research indicates a wide range  of benefits for individuals and society that flow from strong, healthy  marriage. The following are some drawn from “Why Marriage Matters, Second Edition: 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences”:

About Children

  • Parental divorce reduces the likelihood that children will graduate from college, and  achieve high- status jobs.
  • Children who live with their own two married parents enjoy better physical health, on average, than children in other family forms. The health advantages of married homes remain even after taking into account socioeconomic status.
  • Parental divorce approximately doubles the odds that adult children will end  up divorced.

About Men

  • Married men earn  between 10 and  40 percent more than single  men with similar education and job histories.
  • Married people, especially married men,  have  longer life expectancies than otherwise similar singles.
  • Marriage increases the likelihood fathers will have  good relationships with children. Sixty-five percent of young adults whose parents divorced had  poor relationships with their fathers (compared to 29% from non-divorced families).

About Women

  • Divorce and  unmarried childbearing significantly increases poverty rates of both mothers and children. Between one-fifth and  one-third of divorcing women end  up in poverty as a result of divorce.
  • Married mothers have  lower rates of depression than single  or cohabiting mothers.
  • Married women appear to have  a lower risk of domestic violence than cohabiting or dating women. Even after controlling for race, age, and  education, people who live together are still three times  more likely to report violent arguments than married people. About Society
  • Adults who live together but do not marry—cohabitors—are more similar to singles than to married couples in terms of physical health and  disability, emotional wellbeing and  mental health, as well as assets and  earnings. Their children more closely resemble the children of single  people than the  children of married people.
  • Marriage appears to reduce the risk that children and  adults will be either perpetrators or victims of crime. Single and  divorced women are four to five times more likely to be victims of violent crime in any given  year than married women. Boys raised in single-parent homes are about twice as likely (and boys raised in stepfamilies three times as likely) to have  committed a crime that leads to incarceration by the  time they  reach their early thirties, even after controlling for factors such as race, mother's education, neighbourhood quality and  cognitive ability.