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4642455439e0aa18614b423ec2c98f707ee3b9b1.doc Dartmouth 2K9 1 Offsets: Marriage incentive Turns Offsets: Marriage incentive Turns ........................................................................................................................... 1 Violence Turn ......................................................................................................................................................... 2 Violence Turn – Impact ......................................................................................................................................... 4 Violence Turns - ext ................................................................................................................................................. 5 Turn Racism ............................................................................................................................................................ 6 Turn Racism ............................................................................................................................................................. 7 Gender-Normatively ............................................................................................................................................... 8 Gender-Normatively - Impact .................................................................................................................................. 9 Patriarchy ............................................................................................................................................................... 11 Marriage incentives Unpopular .............................................................................................................................. 13 Marriage Incentives Popular ................................................................................................................................. 14 Last printed 1
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4642455439e0aa18614b423ec2c98f707ee3b9b1.doc Dartmouth 2K9 2 Violence Turn Marriage incentives force women maintain abusive relationships out of economic dependency ACLU , American Civil Liberties Union, July 17, 2003 , “ACLU Joins Chorus Against Marriage Promotion in Welfare Reform; Says Policy Threatens Increased Spousal Abuse, Undercuts Privacy” "There are some very grave consequences to this marriage promotion plan, most notably that it provides financial incentives for domestic violence victims to stay with their abusers ," said LaShawn Y. Warren, an ACLU Legislative Counsel. "Couple this with the fact that the law would interfere with our basic right to marry who and how we like, and it's clear that they should be removed." The marriage promotion language was the subject of a policy briefing on Capitol Hill today, which featured an array of unlikely allies on the issue, including the ACLU's Warren, Democratic Presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and speakers from the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and the libertarian Cato Institute. The provisions, which appear in the Republican draft of the contentious welfare reauthorization bill, provide financial incentives for unmarried couples to tie the knot and for married couples to stay together. Advocates from across the political spectrum fear that the legislation will waste needed federal and state dollars on an unproven policy, interfere with the fundamentally private decision to marry and inappropriately limit states' flexibility in implementing social programs within their borders. As a result, states would be forced to divert funds for childcare, education and training, all of which are essential in the fight to help lift low-income Americans out of poverty . Additionally, opponents worry that, by providing a financial incentive for married couples to remain together, the policy will actually keep abusive marriages intact . According to independent polling, support for marriage promotion policies is quite weak around the country, with opposition coming from all corners of the political globe. "Essentially, this program tells Americans that if you're poor , it's ok for the government to intrude on your personal choices," Warren said. "If you have to rely on government assistance to feed your kids, and that's dangled as a carrot to stay married, you're going to have little incentive to get out of unhealthy situations ." Women in poverty are forced to accept domestic violence as a false illusion to economic security Catherine Sameh , Rutgers Women's & Gender Studies Department, November 2002 , “The Rebel Girl: Punitive ‘Marriage Promotion’,” http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/715 Half to
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