Statements about Marriage

The percentage of black children born without a father in the home has risen from 7 percent in 1964 to 73 percent today, due to changes from President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.

Marriage "decreases the probability of child poverty by 82 percent."

"More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock."

"Very few men outlive their own fertility."

On support for gay marriage.

"Over 40 percent of children born in America are born out of wedlock."

Says an Obama administration policy prohibits people who work with at-risk youth from promoting marriage as a way to avoid poverty.

The poverty rate for families in which a husband and a wife work is 5 percent, but in families headed by one person … "it's 30 percent today."

Says the majority of Americans support gay marriage.

Says it’s a "statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death."

Children born today will carry a $30,000 share of the national debt.

"The Massachusetts Supreme Court...defined marriage as simply, quote, the establishment of intimacy ... I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse."

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