After hearing the Social Justice report by Iain Duncan Smith I welcomed much of it but was cautious to one part of it, the focus of marriage. Naturally IDS intentions were positive and assured but by concentrating so much on marriage via tax breaks including other benefits it risks alienating other perhaps larger audiences.
Nothing wrong of course on families they are the cornerstone of civilisation but a family is not necessarily based on marriage. What a about couples who are not married but have a family or spending there natural lives together. Gay community do not have the option of marriage but civil partnerships. What of them? Lone Parents often do not intend to be as they are but fortune puts them in such a state. Unlike some groups I do not believe in criticising single parents for what they are. In short nobody should be left out in society or discriminated against either intentionally or not.
Unfortunately Labour may have the right attitude but the wrong policy of focusing on Children rather then the general field of families. After all a family could mean many different things and set up's but marriage is not a possibility to everyone. Lets not forget as well marriage is a religious ceremony not a piece of social convenience. Very muddy water. This is not a criticism of IDS and I agree with many things the report proposed.