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Author’s view of marriage and the state

02 January 2015


From Dr Patricia Morgan

Sir, - In her review of my book The Marriage Files, Bernice Martin (Books, 12 December) observed how "It is a pity that she [Patricia Morgan] did not discuss cultural evidence of retreat from the values of the 1960s, and a (partial) rehabilitation of the ideals of marriage, or explain precisely how the state could reverse the trends that she deplores."

I am unsure what the first half of this comment refers to, considering how the general sexualisation or pornification of society has more than fulfilled many of the aspirations of the radicals of the 1960s. I simply fail to see any retreat here: more, a continual furtherance and diversification of the liberation process, not least given the moves throughout education, sponsored by the state. Where is there any "rehabilitation of the ideals of marriage", as all main political parties appear to be fervently against interdependence and mutual support, and for all women to be in continuous employment and all children in group care, à la Marx and Engels?

As for the second point, I did refer to what any government who sincerely supported marriage would do. Not least, this would stop the discrimination against couples and two-parent families in the benefits system; recognise the support of dependants in taxation with proper allowances; and revise the divorce laws by, not least, having secure contracts that outline, underpin, and reinforce correct behaviour, and make clear the terms and consequences of default.

Patricia Morgan
c/o Wilberforce Publications
70 Wimpole Street
London W1G 8AX

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