There is a clear connection between income insecurity and marriage. More specifically, the lack of it. In an era where fewer people are marrying, full employment policies and the job guarantee is the best way to strengthen family financial stability, says Economist Professor Bill Black. A job guarantee program would also allow for the closure of one of the great perception gulfs between progressives and conservatives.
This September, Australians will be asked to participate in a national windsock poll to help irresolute politicians decide whether to allow the institution of marriage to encompass gay unions. Critics can’t have it both ways, writes Rachael Bolton. Either marriage is an historically sexist property exchange between two men or it’s a modern, secular, legal arrangement entered into willingly by two adults.