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The 1960s generation doesn't like it, but marriage is still the best family structure. Public policy needs to catch up

By Bob Rowthorn   April 2001

The british government cannot make up its mind about marriage. A white paper on the family was due to be published early this year. But thanks to the divisions it has exposed within the government’s ranks it has been shelved until after the election. Ministers such as David Blunkett and Paul Boateng have argued that the government should actively support the conventional form of marriage. But they have clashed with another faction, led by Tessa Jowell, which argues that marriage is only a “lifestyle choice”-no better or worse than non-married cohabitation and other kinds of family structure.

The “lifestyle choice”…

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