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The Bush Administration, Sex and the Moral Agenda$
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Edward Ashbee

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072765

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072765.001.0001

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‘Healthy marriage’ and the family

‘Healthy marriage’ and the family

(p.176) 6 ‘Healthy marriage’ and the family
The Bush Administration, Sex and the Moral Agenda

Ashbee Edward

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the policy of the administration of George W. Bush for healthy marriage and the family. It suggests that, during the Bush administration, the issue of marriage was often discussed in the context of the same-sex marriage debate and that affirmations of the importance of marriage were usually coded calls for the prohibition of same-sex unions. The chapter discusses efforts to address and eliminate the marriage tax penalty and analyses the administration's establishment of the Healthy Marriage Initiative. It contends that the principle of promoting and strengthening marriage as an institution bolstered the administration's ties with established morality and had a particular resonance with active churchgoers, while provoking little opposition or hostility.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, healthy marriage, family, same-sex marriage, same-sex unions, marriage tax penalty, Healthy Marriage Initiative, morality

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