Married People Earn More Money

Seen this morning in DC: An advertising poster with the caption, “Married people earn more money.”

Married People Earn More Money Poster

I thought perhaps someone has been reading Stuart Buck and is seeking to take the romance out of marriage. It turns out that this is a campaign aimed at curbing teen pregnancy:

Since 1987, Campaign For Our Children (CFOC) has created compelling programs to lower teen pregnancy rates throughout the United States. Through comprehensive abstinence-plus education, school lesson plans and powerful advertising, CFOC has helped change attitudes among children — with measurable results.

Now CFOC is targeting the attitudes of teens aged 15 to 19 with a bold new program, aimed at promoting one of the world’s most cherished institutions: marriage.

The campaign’s core message is a practical, added-value approach that can be summed up in just two words: Marriage Works.

This is a natural progression in the work of CFOC. Teenage childbearing is associated with many unfavorable consequences for teen mothers, their families and children. Research suggests that children do best when two parents who have a healthy marriage raise them. Assisting teenagers to reach adulthood before childbearing would help more children grow up in families with healthy marriages — and improve the well being of their children.

Using available research — and there’s plenty of it — we explain the benefits of marriage in fact-based, no-nonsense ways that teens and adults can understand and respond to. And as the facts demonstrate, the benefits of marriage are compelling and far-reaching.

Their other major poster campaign is “Children of married parents do better in school.” I’m guessing the above message is more compelling.

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  1. Jeff Q. says:

    They have billboards like this on 95 in Baltimore. Of course they have a bunch of Virgin isn’t a dirty word ones too, along with the I’m not giving it up and I won’t give in ones that also are on buses.

  2. Triumph says:

    It is great to see that our tax dollars are going to fund an idiotic propaganda campaign.

    I wonder if this group also advocates for gay marriage?

  3. Michael says:

    I’d think a better ad would be “Babies cry and puke and poop, All The Time!”

  4. Michael says:

    Also, won’t this just result in more teen marriage, not less teen sex?

  5. legion says:

    I’m with Triumph – this is clearly _begging_ to be photoshopped with Ellen Degeneris or somebody…

  6. FireWolf says:

    Im glad that no tax dollars are going to fund JJ’s post about a stupid tax funded campaign against teenage pregnancy

  7. rodney dill says:

    Understanding of cause and effect…. FAIL