New Ads Urge Young People To Marry

02.18.09 | FL News Team

Uncle Sam wants you to marry. A national ad campaign launches this month to noodge young people into marrying sooner rather than later. The Department of Health and Human Services is spending five-million dollars to tout the benefits of marriage for the 18 to 30 set.

A non-profit advocacy group called the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center is spearheading the campaign. They say married folks reportedly enjoy better health, greater wealth and more happiness, and their kids are better off. The average age for a first marriage is now a record 26 for women and 28 for men.

A growing percentage of people are also choosing never to marry. Advocates say the campaign is no different than public service ads about drugs or smoking. Critics chafe at the idea of using tax dollars to second-guess people's most personal decision, however.