WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address:
"Tonight, President Obama tried to prove that he has the answer to economic stagnation. Unfortunately for America, his solution to the crisis is more of the same: more spending.
"However, throwing more money at our problems hasn't worked in the last four years, and there's no reason to believe it will now. It's time for the administration to drop the failed ideology that government is the source of America's greatness and allow the free market, fueled by strong families, get America on the road to economic recovery. While the Left looks for the answer to violence in gun control or poverty in welfare, America's greatest hope continues to be the home."As FRC's research makes clear, an intact married family who worships regularly is the antidote for almost every social ill addressed in this speech. Those growing up in an intact married family have greater educational attainment, are less likely to be involved in crime, and less likely to be poor. "The President's speech included a call for 'stronger families' and 'removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples' yet his own policies undermine family formation. For example, the President's fiscal cliff deal imposed a new marriage penalty on many American families. As FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) reported today, family structure is virtually as important as education in determining favorable social outcomes. If the President was serious about strengthening families and society, he would not be working to further dissuade couples from getting married. We should be encouraging family formation, not penalizing it at any income level. "The President declared his desire to encourage 'fatherhood.' How can he reconcile this statement with his endorsement for redefining marriage which intentionally deprives a child of a dad or mom?