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Marriage thus gets discussed as a valuable economic good that the wealthy, educated, and upper-middle class still have plentiful access to, but that middle- and lower-class individuals are increasingly forgoing - and that marriage has benefits that reinforce that economic divide.

But why are they forgoing it? Could it be that it offers them no advantages? They have no property to probate, power of attorney is not helpful, etc. Some other reason?

Just playing devil's advocate here. I hadn't ever thought about this before, so I don't have any data or research to cite.

I do know that I would not want to see government advertising that looks like eHarmony advertising, trying to coerce people to get out there and get married.

1poorguy
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