A cabal of UCLA psychologists has gathered together to bring us a brand new marriage study, which finds that poor people in America value the institution just as much as their fellow middle class and high-income citizens. Published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, the study aimed to figure out whether or not $1 billion in federal money was being spent wisely as part of the federal government's "healthy marriage initiative" to promote marriage and family values among the poor. Since poor Americans might even value marriage more highly than members of the middle and upper classes, the general consensus seems to be that all that money could probably be used for something else, like a giant, public waterpark (!) in one of the more arid states.
UCLA professor of psychology and senior study author Benjamin Karney explains that a lot of government policy is based on incorrect assumptions about the poor, namely, that they're morally depraved and need to be taught about the virtues of the two-parent household. "However," says Karney,