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The New York Times has an interesting article about David Blankenhorn, a former staunch opponent of gay marriage who has since abandoned that position. His stated goal now is to advocate policies that increase marriage for everyone, whether gay or straight:

Towards the end of the piece, the author notes that Blankenhorn may have trouble attracting liberal support, noting that progressives may be "wary of stigmatizing unwed parents or treating marriage as some sort of desirable norm." I find that a fascinating observation. I persuse the urban planning blogs regularly as part of my practice, and demography (and the impact of planning on demography) is an occasional subject. Numerous folks have observed that marriage is declining, and that the prevalence of marriage splits along class and income levels.

Which raises an interesting question. The government promotes lots of policies because it believes (or because society believes) that these things are good for us: quitting smoking, exercising more, wearing a helmet, getting flu shots, etc. Should government start adopting measures to encourage people to get married?

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