Does marriage help with people's financial status? Many believe so. This year's presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has called marriage “the greatest tool to lift children and families from poverty.” But if marriage is the key, why are so many married couples still suffering from huge pressure of being poor. The Atlantic staffer Rebecca J. Rosen drills down and writes,
“As a new report from the left-of-center think tank the Center for American Progress (CAP) documents, millions and millions of married Americans continue to live in poverty. More than half (55 percent) of the nearly 28 million people in low-income families with children are in households headed by a married couple.
In the end, the underlying dynamic is pretty obvious: More income means less poverty (at least as captured by many statistics), and households with more adults are generally able to bring in more income. This isn’t the result of the magic of marriage but the magic of addition. Unfortunately for many families with just one earner—married or not—one salary is rarely enough to support a household these days, unless that person is quite successful. Today’s often-miserable wages, especially when combined with today’s absurd costs of housing and childcare, mean that basic financial security—to say nothing of a few niceties every now and then—is a circumstance that many such families will never know.”