I know $5 million isn't much money these days, but I have to believe HHS could find a better use for it than packaging marriage like processed cheese and selling it to young people. Gannett:
The average age at first marriage is now almost 26 for women and 28 for men. And a growing percentage of Americans aren't marrying at all: Provisional federal statistics released Tuesday report 7.1 marriages per 1,000 people in 2008, down from 10 per 1,000 in 1986.
Faced with such numbers, the federal government is funding a $5 million national media campaign that launches this month, extolling the virtues of marriage for those ages 18 to 30
"We're not telling people 'Get married' but 'Don't underestimate the benefits of marriage,' " says Paul Amato, a Pennsylvania State University sociologist and adviser to the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, which is spearheading the campaign.
I could spend a lot time of explaining that marriage promotion is an important wingnut movement-building strategy, and showing how the right uses pseudo-scientific arguments about marriage to attack sensible poverty reduction programs. But it's late, so I'll outsource all that to Public Eye.